(Michael Pommier/Tribune photo)
The Greyhounds (0-5 East, 0-19 overall), who have lost 24 straight matches going back to last season, had occasional runs but only one of more than three points. That came in the second game, when Crystal Colvin's kill capped a 6-0 run that put Fort Scott ahead, 12-11.
Cloud County responded by scoring seven of the next eight to go up 18-13.
The Thunderbirds (1-3, 5-15) broke away in the opening game with a 7-1 run to end it. In the third game, the Greyhounds managed to gain a 6-6 tie. From that point on, whenever the 'Hounds got one point, the T-Birds would come back and get two and it was enough to allow Cloud County to end the duel.
Beth Brittain led the Greyhounds with four kills in the match while Colvin, a Fort Scott High grad, and Jennifer Doby each had three. Tristen McGrath had five assists.
Ashley Cavin, another FSHS graduate, had three blocks. Adrienne Dodge served Fort Scott's only ace. Cloud County served seven aces.
After losing 11 straight matches itself, Cloud County has won three of its last four.
The Greyhounds will play twice on the road next week. Monday, they step out of conference play to take on Longview in Lees Summit, Mo. Wednesday, it's back to conference with a match at Highland.
Fort Scott will have a pair of home matches the following week -- a non-conference affair with State Fair (Mo.) at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and a conference battle with Independence at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8.