BY ETHAN MUNCAN
The CCHS Cowboys raised the district volleyball championship trophy as they beat Nova 3-0. The girls are now 8-0, and their next game is against Mater Academy Charter School at home on October 25. In the final moments of the game, the Cowboys secured the win with a play to keep the ball up and then a hard strike to win the last set and the district title.
In the first set, the crowd was roaring with each point that the Cowboys scored. Knowing that a three-peat in districts was possible, the Cowboys played smart and scored off of Nova’s mistakes. The score was tied midway through the first set and it was still anyone’s game early on. The Cowboys were able to take the lead with game changing spikes and defense. They won the first set and cracked Nova’s game plan early on.
“We are taking it one game at a time and hoping for a win against Mater Academy in the regional quarterfinals,” senior Emily Miranda said. “We practice hard everyday and hope to go as far as we can this year.”
With a win in the first set, the Cowboys were looking to secure the lead with another win. Early on in the set, the Cowboys took the lead and the Titans were fighting for a comeback. The Titans eventually tied up the game at the end of the set, keeping the game close and the fans on their feet. With good defense from the Cowboys, keeping the ball up and blocking spikes, they were able to win by a slim margin and secure the second set. The Cowboys now had a 2-0 lead and everything came down to the final set.
The game was in the Cowboy’s hands and a win would secure the district championship trophy. Nova started off the set strong and began to create a lead out of nowhere. With the Cowboys struggling to find their rhythm in the set, Nova began racking up points making the game 12-5 early on. The Cowboys eventually snapped into it and came back making the score 20-15. In the dying embers of the game, the crowd went wild as the Cowboys won the last set and held up the trophy for a third year in a row.
The Cowboys next game is a regional playoff game against Mater Academy Charter High School at home. The girls are now 8-0 in districts and are pushing hard to go as far as they can this year.
Final score: Cooper City 3, Nova 0
Photo by Hailey Brown