The Greyhounds were coming off a Saturday sweep of Cottey and Labette at Nevada. They were trailing 1-0 in a dual with Longview after losing a hard-fought first game by five points.
Midway through the second game, the Greyhounds thought they had just made a big play. That would have given them the serve --and some momentum -- serving down 9-5.
Instead they were told to pass the ball back to visiting Longview (Mo.). It was a ruling no one in the arena seemed to understand. And it sapped the momentum and the liveliness from the 'Hounds.
The Lakers scored the next six points, and then ended that game with a 7-2 run. They built an 11-2 lead in the third game and went on to sweep 25-20, 25-11, 25-10.
It was unfortunate in that this is a better Fort Scott team than the one that lost all 31 matches last season. Even with this loss, the Greyhounds are 4-5 on the season. Those four victories are already more than the program has had in the past two seasons put together (3). And all four wins have come against other junior college programs whereas the three victories in 2007 were all against four-year schools' junior varsity teams.
Longview jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first game of the match. But Fort Scott fought back and found themselves within 15-13. The 'Hounds managed to tie the score three times, the last at 19-19, before the Lakers closed things out with a 6-1 run.
Katie VanLue had 7 kills in the match for Fort Scott while Tayler Hosey had 5. Kara Baker recorded 14 assists and Jessica Cook had 5 blocks.
The Greyhounds will look for better results when Butler comes to Arnold Arena for Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division match at 6:30 Wednesday night.
NOTES -- Saturday's scores were 17-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-13 against Labette and 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 against Cottey. It was Fort Scott's second victory of the season over Labette....