(Fort Scott Community College photo)
Fort Scott fell to 2-8 against Kansas Division II teams (5-23 overall) with one match remaining. Neosho County moved into a tie for the seventh playoff spot with Allen County at 3-6 in Division II play. Hesston follows at 2-6 and Independence at 2-7.
Allen County has beaten Neosho County and holds the tie-breaker for the seventh position. The other teams all hold tie-breakers over Fort Scott.
The Greyhounds came out flat out of the gates. Neosho County (7-26 overall) led 15-6 in the first set before Fort Scott was finally able to hold serve although the 'Hounds were able to regroup and get within 5 points a few times before Neosho's Jordan Dickey ended the set with a kill.
The second set was closer for the most part until The Panthers scored the last 5 points, which included two ace serves by Aubrey Harris.
The 'Hounds started out strong in the third set, going out to an 8-2 lead.
They were still ahead 12-5 after kills by Kayla Tarwater -- who was back after missing time with a back injury -- and Katie Van Lue and Neosho County called for being out of rotation.
But the Panthers got the ball back and two aces by Marissa Thibodo started a rally that brought them within a point.
The 'Hounds appeared ready to clinch the set up 23-21 but Neosho rallied to tie. Finally, blocks by Jessica Cook, then Van Lue gave them the set.
The 'Hounds were within 11-9 in the fourth set but Neosho scored 14 of the final 18 points.