The Cowanesque Valley Lady Indians concluded their season Thursday night against the number-one-seeded Canton Lady Warriors.
Cowanesque Valley jumped out to an early lead in the first game going up seven 20-13. Canton worked their way back into it allowing only one Lady Indians point while finding six of their own bringing the score to 21-19.
After Canton tied the match at 21 it became a fight for every point as both teams jockeyed for control of the set. A wide hit from Canton tied the set again at 23-23.
Cowanesque Valley grabbed the lead 24-23 and with Kaylin Burton serving the Lady Indians took the first set victory, stunning the Lady Warriors.
Canton retaliated in the second set by scoring early and often. After starting the set on a 7-1 run Canton continued to keep the aggressive pace throughout the set. The Lady Warriors would eventually win 25-10 a strong rebound after the first set loss.
With the match tied at one Cowanesque Valley looked to get back on top in the third set. Early on the Lady Indians kept the score close keeping pace with Canton.
The Lady Warriors would go on a run after wining the serve with the score at 4-3. Canton would put up seven straight points to jump ahead 11-3 before Cowanesque could score again.
The Lady Indians notched off a couple points to chip away at the lead but still trailed 14-5.
Cowanesque continued to work away at the Lady Warriors lead eventually closing to within five, 15-10. Cowanesque Valley was unable to get any closer though and would fall in the crucial third set, 25-17.
The Lady Indians fought hard to begin the fourth set and keep their season alive but when all was said and done Canton would control the fourth and final set 25-15 giving the Lady Warriors the victory and the Class A District IV title.
Coach Bonnie Walker said, "I am very proud of the team this season, after losing 6 seniors from the previous year, we had a team with very little varsity experience.Once we worked through some early season losses and figured out some of our problem areas, the girls really started to play well and we won several games late in the season. It's a tough loss but I'm very proud to have returned to the district championship for the second year in a row with a very different team."
Makayla Vargeson would lead the Lady Indians with seven kills, two blocks, as well as five digs.
Kaylin Burton would count for four kills, two aces, and five digs.
Karmen Short had three kills to go with five aces, and 11 digs.
Rylie Walker brought home one kill, an ace and seven digs for the Lady Indians. Kailey Wells led Cowanesque with 13 assists with an ace.
Ashleigh Southard finished the night with two aces.