The Sioux County Lady Warriors overcame a nine-point second-set deficit to dominate the Cody-Kilgore Cowgirls Friday.
The Warriors swept the Cowgirls 25-13, 26-24, 25-12. Sioux County led the entire opening set. The Cowgirls managed to gain ground and pull within one at 7-6, but the Warriors edged out to a 13-7 lead behind kills by Kailey Klein and Tamika Eastman and a block by Skylar Edmund and never looked back.
The second set was a different matter as Cody-Kilgore’s Ally Heath confounded the Warriors defense. She landed six aces on 10 consecutive serves, opening up a 9-1 lead on the Warriors before Sioux County was able to go on the offense. The Warriors turned the tables quickly, however, as Klein served up eight consecutive serves, including one ace. Her stretch at the serving rotation allowed the Warriors to hammer out four kills to make it 8-10 Cody-Kilgore. A missed Cowgirl serve and a crucial block by Eastman and Beth Krein tied the set at 10. Back-to-back kills by Krein gave the Warriors the two-point lead, but the Cowgirls dug in to tie the set twice and retake a 17-13 lead as the Warriors struggled with attacking and receiving errors.
Cody-Kilgore, ahead 24-22, looked poised to take the second set, but a kill by Eastman and a block by Krein and Ashley Hunter sent the teams into extra points. Britney Klein served up an ace, and Eastman blocked Cody-Kilgore’s final attack for the 26-24 come-from-behind win.
The third and final set was all Sioux County, as they leaped out to a 9-1 advantage and continued to dominate for the sweep.
Eastman led the Warriors attacking game with nine kills. She also contributed 2 aces and a solo block and shared a block with Krein, who had four kills, two aces and two other blocks. Edmund had three kills, three aces and a block, and K. Klein added three kills and three aces. B. Klein contributed one kill and three aces.