Lady Cougars compete in gold during PRTC tourney
by The Press and Standard | August 29, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 28, 2018 at 1:42 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The Lady Cougar Volleyball team opened the season on the road in a tri-match against Wade Hampton High School and Barnwell on Tuesday Aug. 21. Colleton County split matches, earning a win over Barnwell and suffering a loss against Wade Hampton.
“I think it was a good first experience for the new girls to the program and first-year varsity players,” said assistant coach Katelyn Willis. “They learned a little about playing with each other and started to find their groove for the rest of the season. We were able to see some of the areas we need to work on before region play, so it was good for us.”
The JV squad lost to Wade Hampton in straight sets. “We have a lot of new girls on JV this season,” said Willis.
Colleton County fielded two teams in the PRTC Preseason Volleyball Tournament held here this past Saturday. Team One was comprised of all varsity players, while Team Two was filled with both JV and varsity players.
Team One went 6-2 on the day, earning wins over Hardeeville-Ridgeland, Beaufort Academy, Bishop England and John Paul II in pool play. Earning the most points in pool play, Team One advanced to the Gold Bracket where they eliminated Branchville in one set. The Lady Cougars were eliminated following a loss to Bishop England in two sets.
Team Two went 0-8 on the day with losses against Bishop England, Stratford, Bamberg and Beaufort JV in pool play.
“The tournament is always a fun day for us,” said Willis. “It is a very long and busy day, but we get to work with each other and use it as a team bonding experience. Although we did not end the night with a trophy, our team made some smaller wins that we are very proud of. Our varsity team made it to the gold for the first time in the tournament history. Last year we had to travel to CPA after bracket play for the silver championship – so making it to the gold was one of our goals. We also split with the championship program from Bishop England in a tough match, which was sort of a good mental win for the girls and got them excited.”
“Beating Branchville, though, was probably the high point of the day for us,” said Willis. “Branchville is always a heated match and they swept us last year. Our girls really showed up and played the best we’ve seen this season. You could just feel the excitement and energy on the bench from the players and you could see it all over the court. As a coach, I think that is as good of a win as anything. We are looking forward to this week with games on Tuesday and Wednesday and hope we can show up with that same energy.”
The Lady Cougars were scheduled to host Bamberg on Tuesday Aug. 28 and travel to Whale Branch on Wednesday Aug. 29.