After being swept 3-0 by Morgan at their first meeting in Morgan this year, the Grantsville volleyball team was understandably gun-shy about facing the Lady Trojans at home on Thursday night.
After two losing the first two sets, 25-11 and 25-9, Cowboys coach Kelbey Fisher spoke with his team and said, “We’ve got nothing to lose. Just believe in yourselves and compete.”
The athletes responded with confidence and came back to take the third set from the Region 13-leading Trojans 25-23. Leading the charge were middle hitter Maison White, as well as the serving of Hillary Cloward. Cloward opened the set with an ace and an equally strong second serve to give Grantsville a 2-0 lead before the teams battled back and forth to a 9-9 tie. White then recorded a kill out of the middle to give the Cowboys a 10-9 lead.
Cloward, who had rotated back to the serve, hit four great serves, including three aces, to fluster the Trojan passers and take a 14-10 lead that the Grantsville never relinquished, as the Cowboys took the set 25-22.
“All of the girls really stepped up and had confidence in their abilities,” Fisher said. “After the first two games we had nine total kills, and I think we more than tripled that in the next two.”
In the thrilling fourth set, no more than two points separated Morgan and Grantsville as they battled through 16 ties up to 22-22. Morgan earned the last three points to take the set and the match, 25-23, but the Cowboys left the floor with new confidence that they could play with the best.
Before the game on Thursday night, their Pink Night, the team honored Mindy Willes in her fight against cancer.