Cougars close season strong

Stephanie King

The Lady Cougars of SWRMS closed out the middle school volleyball regular season strong with a pair of wins over the Uwharrie Ridge Lady Timberwolves.

SWRMS led early in the first set of game one, but the Lady Timberwolves rallied to tie the set at 12-12 before taking the lead. Uwharrie Ridge maintained their lead and held off a late run from the Cougars to win the set 25-23. The Cougars took a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set before the Timberwolves picked up their first point. SWRMS held strong in set two and went on to win 25-9 to even the match at one set apiece. In the final set of the match, the Cougars jumped out to an early 7-1 lead before Uwharrie Ridge battled back to tie the set at 8-8. The Timberwolves went ahead by a couple of points, but the Cougars scored the final seven points of the set win 15-10 and take the match 2-1.

In match number two, the Cougars opened set one with a 5-0 run for the early lead. The Timberwolves answered with a 5-1 run of their own to cut the lead to one before the Cougars extended their lead. Uwharrie Ridge stayed close throughout the set, but the Cougars pulled away for a 25-18 set win. The second set looked to be a blowout by the Cougars as they took a big lead early. The Timberwolves trailed 22-6 late in the set before using a 14-1 run to cut the lead to 23-20. SWRMS withstood the late run to win the set 25-21 and take the match 2-0.

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