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Crook County High School Cowgirls go 67 for 69 at the service line to dominate the contest

LON AUSTIN - Liz Barker, 11, rips a spike during the Cowgirls' win over Mt. View March 4. Barker finished the game with seven kills, as did McKenzie Jonas. Kendall Maycott led everyone in kills with 11. CCHS hosts Redmond tonight. However, no fans are allowed due to COVID protocols.

The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team rolled to a straight set, 25-11, 25-17, 25-18, victory over the Mountain View Cougars Thursday night in Prineville.

"The kids were getting to base position really well," Crook County head coach Kristy Struck said. "We have a lot of things to work on still, but I'm super pleased. That looks pretty good for just two full practices."

Crook County trailed briefly in the first set before scoring nine consecutive points to take a 10-4 lead. From that point on, it was all Crook County as they steadily pulled away to win the set. Crook County never trailed in the second set, pulling out to an 11-2 lead before the Cowgirls started substituting. Crook County still led 21-11 before the Cougars made a late run. Mountain View scored the first two points of the third set, but the Cowgirls quickly overcame the deficit and never trailed again, playing their entire roster as they cruised to the easy win.

"I feel like we played really good," Crook County outside hitter Kacie Stafford said. "We worked really hard at the practices we did have, and I think it showed tonight."

For those who don't know, Crook County was in the extreme risk category for the first week of practice, so the team was forced to practice with just six players in the gym at a time for a maximum of 45 minutes. A week ago Friday, the team was finally cleared to resume regular practices, however, Friday and Monday were tryouts to see who would be on the varsity team, leaving just Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for Thursday's match.

"When we didn't know if we could play or not, we were scared, sad and upset, but we kept hope and here we are," said Stafford, who was the team's libero last year. "It was fun playing outside hitter. It's different, but I finally get to be floor captain, since a libero can't, so that was cool."

The Cowgirls won the game with their serving, going 67 for 69 from the service line, with 11 aces. Josie Kasberger was a perfect 19 for 19 with seven aces, while McKenzie Jonas was 11 for 11 with three aces.

Kendall Maycott led all players with nine kills, while Liz Barker and Jonas each added seven kills. Syrie Ossenkop pitched in with six kills while Stafford had five.

Stafford led the team in digs with 17, while freshman libero Jaycee Villestrigo finished with 14.

Jonas led the team in blocks with five.

The Cowgirls were scheduled to play Hood River Valley on Saturday, but the Eagles canceled all athletics for the week due to COVID. Crook County is back in action tonight when they host the Redmond Panthers, then go on the road on Saturday to play Pendleton and La Grande.


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