Devils weren’t up to Tigers’ game

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Allen County Community College’s Andrea Miller (left) is up to hit the volleyball over the net against Cowley County Community College in Monday’s match at ACCC. Cowley County defeated Allen County 25-19, 25-13, 25-22.
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Digging the volleyball is Allen County Community College’s Amy Bolen during Monday’s home match against Cowley County Community College.

Home court and a vocal home crowd didn’t provide enough of an advantage for Allen County Community College’s Red Devils Monday night.
The Red Devils just didn’t find a way to counter visiting Cowley County Community College’s Tigers on the volleyball court. The Tigers came into Monday’s Jayhawk Eastern Division match sitting atop the conference.
They still are after defeating the Red Devils in straight sets, 25-19-25-13, 25-22.
Cowley County is 4-0 in Jayhawk East play and shares the lead spot with Highland, also 4-0. Allen County dropped to 1-2 in conference play and 10-8 overall.
“We started conference play with some tough teams and we knew it was going to be a challenge,” said Jessica Peters, ACCC head coach.
“We’re going to learn from each of these losses — some were tougher on us than others — but the season and conference play has just begun.”
Allen County fell behind in the first set and played catch-up from there. A tip for a kill by Jennifer House got the Red Devils within a one-point deficit, 7-6, and put the ball in ACCC’s hands.
But a problem the Red Devils had all night was holding serve. Out of the 54 points Allen County scored in the match only 19 came on service.
“We minimized serving errors, which was a positive, but stopping balls at the net, we still struggled with,” Peters said.
“Cowley had a 6’3” right side blocker and hitter. She was effective on stopping balls at the net against our attacks and she hit the ball hard.”
The only long serving stint of the first set for Allen County came late. House served up five points to move the Red Devils back into contention, trailing 21-19. But the Tigers got the serve and never gave it back, winning 25-19.
A kill by Nicole Rockhold on the first serve of the second set gave Allen County its first lead of the night in a set, 1-0. The Red Devils found themselves down 10-5 when Andrea Miller delivered a kill.
Miller, who had eight kills on the night, did it twice more as the Red Devils battled to stay close. Cowley County turned a 16-12 lead into a 21-12 lead on one service rotation. The Tigers won the second set 25-13.
Allen County only had one block, which was by Suzie Fields, in the match. The Red Devils had one service ace, also by Fields.
“There were a lot of deep tips and roll shots by Cowley that we were able to pick up but were unsuccessful in executing on them at the net,” Peters said. The Red Devils had 18 attack errors.
Allen County faced a 5-2 deficit in the third set. House, who had nine kills on the night, picked up one to regain possession of the volleyball.
Misty Powelson came off the ACCC bench to serve three straight points. The third came on a kill by Fields as the Red Devils took a 6-5 lead.
After a Cowley County timeout, the score was tied as the Tigers took control of the ball. They served up two points and never trailed again.
The Red Devils warded off game and set point, 24-20, on a kill by Miller. Brooke Bingham served two points and the Tigers took a timeout.
On the next serve, the Tigers set up and allowed 6-3 freshman Roslandy Acosta delivered the final kill shot. Acosta is from Vargas, Venezuela.
House served for five points while Mandy Hug, Powelson and Fields each had three service points. Rockhold and Bingham had two service points each and Mindi Lozenski had one point.
Rockhold delivered seven kills and had 16 defensive digs. Bingham came up with 17 digs. Fields and Amy Bolen each had two kills.
Lozenski was credited with 22 set assists. Hug had five assists.
“Andrea stepped it up against Cowley. When she was set the ball and got blocked, our defense picked it up, set her again and she got the kill,” Peters said.
Allen County has been without the services of sophomore middle hitter Autumn Lamle for more than 2 1/2 weeks because of a knee injury. Peters said Lamle had just been released to practice again.
“She had a partially dislocated knee cap which happened during a practice drill,” Peters said. “We’re working her back into practice sessions now and hope to have her back by this weekend.”
Allen County travels to Chanute Wednesday to play Neosho County Community College. This weekend, the Red Devils compete in a tournament hosted by Hesston College.