BY KAYLA LOKEINSKY
The Cooper City High School girl’s varsity volleyball team took on the Cypress Bay Lightning in a district match on Thursday, September 23 at CCHS. Battling through a leaky roof and immense pressure, both teams played to their highest potential.
After four close games, Cypress Bay beat Cooper City in the first, third, and fourth games with scores of 25-15, 28-26, and 25-23. The Cowboys won game two (25-23) but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Lightning.
This match consisted of many volleys; both teams were hitting hard and killing the ball. The constant back and forth rallies made for an exciting game with such an intense, electrifying atmosphere that no one could ignore. The fans were feeding off the energy put forth by the players on both teams, and their cheering was rarely put on pause.
The most outstanding players of the game for the Cowboys were junior Rachel Blaize, sophomore Heather Lockwood, and sophomore T.K. Nichols. Blaize had 10 kills, the most out of both teams, and also had 7 service points. Lockwood, the team’s libero, had 23 digs, and Nichols had 14 service points, 2 aces, and 25 assists.
The win for the Cypress Bay Lightning puts them ahead of the Cowboys in the district tournament, ranking them second place with the Cowboys tied for last.