(Tribune photo/Scott Nuzum)
But then the Cavaliers turned things on in the second and third games and went on to a 25-19, 25-7, 25-5 sweep.
It doesn't get much easier tonight for the Greyhounds as they will wrap up a three-home-matches-in-three-night stretch by hosting Arkansas-Fort Smith, which is ranked No. 9 in the Division I poll. Play begins at 5 p.m.
The 'Hounds (0-3 East, 0-14 overall) started off the night well, rallying from a 13-5 deficit in the first game to get within two points once and three points three other times.
Jennifer Doby's kill brought Fort Scott within 15-13. A net serve later cut the margin to 17-14. Ashley Colvin recorded a kill to keep the 'Hounds within 18-15.
Johnson County (3-0, 6-1) pulled away to lead 22-16 before returning serve to Fort Scott with an error. Another error cut the deficit by one and a Crystal Colvin block brought the Greyhounds within 22-19.
The Cavs led the second game by just a 6-3 margin before scoring eight of the next nine. Later, four straight ace serves by Emily Forbes pushed the advantage to 19-5.
In the final match, Johnson County jumped out to a 9-0 lead. The Greyhounds then scored three of the next five but the Cavaliers' strong start was too much to overcome.
In winning the last two games, the Cavaliers allowed Fort Scott to score just once when it had the serve. The Greyhounds didn't score at all when it had the serve in the final game.
Colvin finished the match with four kills while Kaitlin Holland had four assists. Beth Brittain had three blocks while Colvin and Ashley Watkins had two each. Doby, Colvin and Brittain each served aces.
Johnson County had 14 aces in the match, seven of which came in the second game.
Fort Scott has lost 19 straight matches going back to last season. The Greyhounds last won on October 20, 2007, when they beat the Sterling College junior varsity at the McPherson College Tournament. Not only have the 'Hounds not won a match in this string, they have not even won a game during those matches.
It's been 44 matches since FSCC last beat another junior college. That happened October 20, 2006, against Northern Oklahoma-Enid in a match at Butler. In 36 of those matches, including the last 18, they've been swept.
NOTES -- Beginning with tonight's game, the FSCC volleyball team will be holding an aluminum can drive. There will be a trailer on campus where cans can be dropped off for recycling. The proceeds will help the Greyhound volleyball squad with some of their costs. Students, faculty and fans alike are encouraged to participate...