It was a typical match between the Fowler and Swink high school volleyball teams. It was competitive from start to finish with the Lady Grizzlies taking the contest in four sets Thursday at the Lions Den.
"I'm happy with the way our girls played and the way they bounced back after being down a couple of times," said Fowler coach Lindsay Whalen. "They were able to fight back and just showed a lot of composure throughout the game."
"We have some things that we need to work on," said Swink coach Jenni Somers. "But we're getting better and better, and the good news is that we haven't peaked yet. We're just going to keep building on our skills, and peak at the right time this season."
Fowler took a 3-2 lead to open the first set, but Swink rallied to go in front at 5-4. The Lady Grizzlies rallied to go on top at 11-7, however, the Lady Lions closed to within 12-11.
Fowler increased its lead to 15-10, but Swink scored four straight points to narrow the deficit to 15-14.
The Lady Grizzlies then went on a 7-2 run to build their advantage to 22-16. However, the Lady Lions scored six unanswered points to tie the score at 22-22.
Fowler scored three of the final four points to win the first set 25-23.
The Lady Grizzlies opened the second set by scoring the first five points. The Lady Lions closed to within a 7-5 deficit, however, Fowler went on a 4-0 rally to extend the lead to 11-5.
Swink whittled the lead to 11-8, and then the teams exchanged sideouts. Fowler ended that run by scoring three consecutive points for a 19-13 lead.
The Lady Lions narrowed the deficit to 19-15, and after the teams again traded sideouts, the Lady Grizzlies increased their advantage to 24-19.
Swink attempted a rally and closed to within 24-21. But Fowler scored the final point for a 25-21 win in set 2.
Swink took the early lead in the third set, scoring the first two points. Fowler tied the score, however, the Lady Lions scored five consecutive points to regain the lead at 7-2.
The Lady Lions' lead stood at 9-5, and then they scored three straight points for a 12-5 advantage. But the Lady Grizzlies came back to narrow the lead to 13-10.
Swink then went on a 5-3 run for an 18-13 advantage. Fowler reduced the gap to 18-16, but the Lady Lions extended to lead to 21-17.
The Lady Grizzlies narrowed their deficit to 21-20. But the Lady Lions scored four of the final six points for a 25-22 win.
The fourth set began with the teams exchanging sideouts. Fowler took a 4-2 lead, however, Swink came
The Lady Grizzlies then went on a 10-2 run for a 16-8 advantage. After a brief Swink sideout, Fowler went on a 5-1 rally to increase the lead to 21-10.
The Lady Lions attempted one last rally, closing to within 22-18. But the Lady Grizzlies wrapped up the set on a 3-1 run for a 25-19 victory.
Fowler had a balanced offensive attack and it was led by Avery Bouldin with 17 kills. Emily Flanscha had 14, and Tannice Wetzel had 13. Jayden Osborne led in assists with 45, and Bouldin and Brooke Bell both had two service aces.
Leading Swink was Brooklyn Mueller with 18 kills and Edit Morales with 12. Jasmin Gonzales had 24 assists, and Rylee Platt, Jolie Bond and Mueller each had one ace.
Fowler (6-0, 5-0 Santa Fe League) hosted Crowley County on Tuesday. Its next match is Thursday at Hoehne.