Momentum.....momentum is defined as the amount of motion occurring in something that is moving or the force that drives something forward or keeps it moving. In volleyball though, it is everything. The Lady Cougars (25-15, 8-3) realized the full extent of the value of momentum last night when they took on the Lady Hornets from Huntsville.
The Hornets invaded Cougar Gym knowing that the worst they could leave with was a tie for the district lead. Feeling very relaxed and gaining the early momentum, the Lady Hornets capitalized on Cougar mistakes and jumped out to a 2 set to nothing lead. Game 3 saw a change in momentum for the Lady Cougars as Shelby Sumlin (12 kills, 5 blocks), using a variety of shots on the attack and superb blocking at the net, led the Lady Cougars to a 25-22 victory.
With momentum now fully on the Cougars side, game 4 was there for the taking. Kassidy McCabe ensured that the outcome was never in doubt as she led the Lady Cougars to a dominating 25-9 set victory by providing 9 kills on the offensive attack. On the evening, McCabe had a match high 20 kills and 0 hitting errors. Huntsville never had an answer for the attacking Junior outside hitter.
But, momentum giveth and it taketh away, as the final set of the match began. Riding the wave of a dominating performance in game 4 and a raucous student body, the Lady Cougars jumped out to a 10-5 lead before the errors that plagued them earlier in the match once again raised their ugly head and turned the momentum completely in the Hornets favor. As the set ended, with a 15-13 Hornet set and match victory, the Lady Cougars knew that they let one slip away.
The final 3 matches of the season begin next week. Each match remaining pits the Lady Cougars against a potential district playoff participant. Therefore, the Cougars will need your support on Tuesday evening at 6:00 for the last home match of the season when they take on the Willis Lady Kats. This will be Senior Night for the Cougars as the first ever Senior class for the volleyball team will be recognized before the match.
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