BY ETHAN MUNCAN
On Monday, October 9, the Cowboys hosted a non-district game against Pines Charter. With a district record of 6-0, the Cowboys secured a spot in districts and look to continue their winning streak. The court was filled with pink for breast cancer awareness month, and the stands were packed with Cowboy fans.
Pines Charter started off the first set with great defense and scored many times making the game 0-5 early on. The Cowboys retaliated with powerful serves leading to points and key defensive plays to get themselves back in the game. The Jaguars had the upperhand for most of the first set, as they began to dominate midway through with a score of 15-22. The Cowboys fell short on the first set with the Jaguars winning 20-25.
The second set was a chance for the Cowboys to draw even. It was a high scoring set with both teams capitalizing on every touch. Two minutes into the set the score was already 10-8 and the Cowboys were beginning to make their comeback. As the game intensified the crowd did also,with every point scored the stands rumbled and the Jaguars were now under pressure. With one minute left in the second set the Cowboys were up 24-20 and secured their lead by scoring a vital point, ending the set 25-22.
“Once the game was tied, I knew we had a hard game to play and it would be a tough one to win.” said Emily Miranda.
The Jaguars weren’t fazed by the loss and began putting up points straight away in the third set. They made the game 5-15and secured the set midway through. The Cowboys didn’t give up, with powerful spikes and defensive plays they managed to make the score 23-22, now only down by one point. The Jaguars ended the set with a spike, winning the set 23-25 and now having a 2-1 lead over the Cowboys.
In the last set, the Jaguars dominated the beginning and middle of the game. The score was 10-19 and the lead over the Cowboys was expanding. The Jaguars had fresh players on the court that impacted the game heavily, apart from the starters. The game wasn’t going Cooper City’s way as they missed the opportunity to score on key plays. The Jaguars scored off their mistakes and won the last set 24-26, winning the game 3-1.
The Cooper City Cowboys are now 7-5 overall and 6-0 in districts. Their next match is a district game at home against Hollywood Hills on October 12th. The Cowboys are first in their district and on track to winning it all.
Final score: Cooper City 1, Charter 3
Photo by Gabby Carbone