In sports it’s often said the team that scores first has the advantage.
Tuesday night in the Cave Spring gym that strategy fell apart in a hurry courtesy of Cave Spring junior Alayna Foutz.
Following Pulaski County’s opening-point winner in the second set, Cave Spring tied it up at 1-1 before Foutz stepped to the service line and promptly reeled off 24 straight points to send the Knights to a 25-14; 25-1; 25-21 sweep in the River Ridge volleyball matchup.
It was another dominating performance by the Knights in the contest that took only 57 minutes to complete.
“I’ve never had that happen,” Foutz admitted with a huge smile of her uncanny feat. “The most I’ve ever scored in a row.”
The perfect 24-point run included 6 aces.
“I’ve never seen it happen at this level,” veteran Cave Spring head coach Tamalyn Tanis said of the service blitz.
Cave Spring was already well on its way to victory after the Knights scored the first 3 points of the opening set and led 17-4 before putting it on cruise control for the 25-14 win.
By the time the match reached the third set the Knights had outscored the Cougars 50-15.
When Cave Spring opened the third set with a 7-1 run, Tanis rotated the subs into the game the rest of the way for game-experience, leading to the 25-21 match clincher.
“There were some good signs tonight,” Tanis noted afterward. “In the first two sets we played at a fast tempo and were really pushing it.”
Cave Spring remained undefeated in regular season best-of-five-set matches and the Knights have only lost one set in that stretch.
“We’re really playing as a team,” Foutz said of Cave Spring’s success. “At practice our goal is to keep getting better with each point. We had so much experience coming back this year and the newcomers have provided so much to make us even better.”
Cave Spring’s power game remained prevalent Tuesday night as junior Piper Roe and senior Charity Klimaitis each slammed 11 kills past the Cougar defense. Foutz provided 12 digs and Meagan Harrison put up 34 assists.
– Bill Turner