(FSCC photo/Kathleen Hinrichs)
"We took advantage of out-of-conference play to give some people a rest," Fort Scott head coach Sonya Pertoski said. "Jessica (Cook) and Camille (Becerra) weren't playing for a while because we wanted to give them a rest. With the different rotations and everything, it took us some time to get used to each other. But once we got everything going, we started to look like ourselves."
While those two were resting, the Greyhounds had trouble getting going. Though they led most of the first game, they couldn't get the kind of run going that would put the Eagles away. It took Tayler Hosey's kill to finally win the match after Avila rallied to tie it at 23-23.
The 'Hounds trailed 8-1 in the second game but did manage to come back and tie it at 20-20. However, Avila scored five of the last six points.
Becerra and Cook went back out on the floor for the third game and the offense began to flow better. And by that, meaning that the ball began to get to Katie Van Lue. She had just 3 kills in the first two games but picked up 4 kills and 2 blocks during a 7-0 run that put the 'Hounds up 13-4.
Then, to keep Avila off balance, setter Kara Baker started dishing to others. Lindsay Smith's kill made it 23-14 and Kayla Case's kill closed out the game.
The 'Hounds jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the third game as they suddenly began to serve aces like there was no tomorrow. Bailey Dodson served three in the initial 5-0 opening run. She and Baker had 3 each in that game along. Bakers came consecutively as part of a 9-1 run that closed out the match.
Van Lue finished with 11 kills for the 'Hounds while Hosey had 8, Dodson 7 and Smith 6. Baker dished 29 assists and served 4 aces.