GLEN ROSE, TX – A tremendous and historic season for the Copperas Cove volleyball team came to end on Saturday as No. 12 Hebron halted the No. 21 Lady Dawgs playoff run with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 victory in Glen Rose.
Seniors Bryaunea Hall and Qiana Canete put down 15 and 13 kills, respectively, as junior Lexi Perez had 24 digs and junior Mikayla Blount added 22 assists for the Lady Dawgs (40-9).
Copperas Cove and Hebron went back and forth in the first set as the Lady Dawgs started off on a 12-7 run, then the Lady Hawks (36-11) went on a 9-2 run of their own to win the first set 25-22.
“We didn’t play great, we didn’t play our best game,” said Copperas Cove head volleyball coach Cari Lowery, “and in 5A playoffs you can’t even have one kid that has an average game, everybody’s got to play their best every time.”
Hebron started the second set with 8 straight points with the help of some questionable calls.
“I think the official took us out of our system a little bit, you know, I mean just random crazy calls,” Lowery said, “that hurt us and we started playing a little bit safe, because we didn’t know what was gonna get called.”
After a Copperas Cove timeout the Lady Dawgs battled back to within one point at 23-22 in the second set, but eventually fell 25-22.
Hebron opened the third set 10-5 over Copperas Cove as frustration began to set in for the Lady Dawgs and the Lady Hawks went on to win 25-18 for a sweep in three sets.
The 2013 Lady Bulldawgs did something that no other Copperas Cove team has ever done, win 40 games in a season, and Coach Lowery had high praise for her team.
“You couldn’t separate one kid out of that, they won 40 games this season, nobody in any sport has ever won 40 games in Copperas Cove, in anything,” she said, “they have dedicated themselves and worked hard, every single day, made it to the playoffs with 40 wins and had an awesome season.”