BY JAKE FIERMAN
On Thursday October 6th, Cooper City High School faced Nova in a varsity volleyball match. The Cowboys were coming off of a win versus Plantation High School. This was the second time CCHS has faced Nova this season, and they were hoping for better results after a 3-0 loss the first time.
Game one started off with both teams neck and neck at 5-5. Each team traded off points in the beginning, until Cooper City went on a scoring tear. They kept the lead and Nova was forced to call their first timeout with the score 12-6 Cooper City. After the timeout Nova came out strong and scored 7 straight points. The game was close until the end, with CCHS winning 25-21. Senior swing hitter Alex Kerbel lead the team with four kills in game one.
CCHS came out determined to capitalize on their game one win, however Nova jumped off to an early 7-1 lead. With Nova controlling the game, CCHS called a timeout down 3-12. Nova controlled the rest of the game, going on to win 25-12. Junior libero Heather Lockwood led the team with 17 digs.
Game three started off with both teams even at 4-4. At the halfway point, Nova led 12-9. The Cowboys called a timeout with Nova leading 16-10. CCHS started to come back but couldn’t gain the lead, losing this game 25-17.
Game four remained close with Nova up 12-11 at the midway point. Towards the end, the Cowboys evened the score at 20-20. Nova called a final timeout with the Cowboys up 23-21. Cooper City went on to win the game, 25-22, led again by Lockwood.
With the match tied at 2 games apiece, the teams went into a 15 point tiebreaker game. Nova came out very strong, leading 7-1 going into the first timeout. Nova was in full control and got the score to 11-2 towards the end of the game. They finished the game winning 15-6.
Although the Cowboys lost, girl’s volleyball coach Ms. O’Linn had positive things to say.
“We definitely improved and stepped up our game since the last time we played them,” O’Linn said. “We played better as a team.”
The team now has to look beyond the loss and prepare for the next game, and the rest of the season that is to come.
“I think we will have a good outcome for the rest of the season,” Lockwood said. “We will hopefully finish off strong and better ourselves as a team through communication and practice.”
The Cowboys next game is Wednesday, October 12 at home against McArthur.