Lady Cougars Drop Home Opener Against Gadsden State

Lady Cougars Drop Home Opener Against Gadsden State
Cleveland State Women's Volleyball took on Gadsden State Community College in their home opener on Monday. Gadsden State defeated the Lady Cougars by a set score of 3-0.
 
The Gadsden State Lady Cardinals took an early lead against the Lady Cougars, leading in set one by a score of 12-5. After a round of back and forth scoring by the two teams, the Lady Cougars found themselves still down 16-7. Cleveland State starts to make a small run and thanks to an Ariana Smith spike, the Lady Cougars had shrunk their deficit to an 18-13 score. Cleveland State continues to make a push and with the help of an ace by Kate Essenberg, only trail by 3 points, 19-16 late in the first set. Unfortunately, that's as close as the Lady Cougars would get in set one, eventually losing by a score of 25-18.
 
Gadsden State again took an early lead in set two, with a 5-0 score over the Lady Cougars. Cleveland State responds with 2 points of their own and brings the score up to 5-2. The Lady Cougars managed to score three quick points before the Lady Cardinals go on a run, increasing their lead to a 15-5 score. Later on in set two, with the Lady Cougars down 21-8, Cleveland State capitalizes on a few Gadsden State errors to score three straight points making the score 21-11. Gadsden State responds with 4 points of their own and takes set two by a score of 25-13.
 
Now down 2 sets to 0, Cleveland State prepares for what could be the final set of the match. Set three begins and Gadsden State is off to the races, taking a commanding 8-3 lead. Cleveland State takes a timeout and discusses their gameplan for the rest of the set. Moving on through set two, Cleveland State finds themselves in a 19-13 hole. Not giving up, the Lady Cougars make a run of their own, pushing the score up to 22-17 still in favor of Gadsden State. The Lady Cardinals add 2 more points while the Lady Cougars add one of their own. Cleveland State ends up losing set 3 by a score of 25-20 and the matchup 3 sets to 0.
 
Next up on the schedule for the Lady Cougars, they'll travel to Bryan College for a match on Wednesday, August 29th at 7:00 PM.
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