Columbus Fury continues improvement by Sweeping Vegas

By Annie Walker

2 24 2024

Reagan Cooper


LAS VEGAS – The Columbus Fury (2-2) earned their second consecutive win with a win over the Vegas Thrill (2-4) on Saturday night at the Dollar Loan Center. Reagan Cooper led the way once again with 15 kills while the team totaled a season-high nine aces for the match.

Set 1

Cooper helped the Fury get out to an early lead in set one with her first ace of the season, putting Columbus up 8-5. With the match tied at 15-all, Rainelle Jones blocked Khat Bell to put the Fury back in front. Back-to-back kills from Megan Courtney Lush extended the Fury lead to 19-16. Kaitlyn Hord blocked Hannah Maddux to give the Fury a 23-20 lead, but Vegas would even the score at 23. The set went to extra points and the Fury were able to take the first set, 26-24.

Set 2

Vegas jumped out to the early lead in set two leading to a timeout called by the Fury. Out of the timeout, Columbus went on a 4-0 run, including two aces from Hord, to cut the Thrill lead to one. Vegas pulled away again late in the set, leading 23-19. The Fury went on to score the final six points of the match, three on aces from Ivania Ortiz, as they took the set and a dominant 2-0 set lead.

Set 3

Columbus carried over their momentum from set two as they took the early 11-6 lead on Cooper’s 13th kill of the match. An ace from Courtney Lush, ltae in the set put the Fury up 21-15 and forced the Thrill to call their final timeout of the set. Cooper and Courtney Lush clsoed out the set and the match with back-to-back kills to give the team their first sweep of the season.

Kaitlyn Hord

Standout Stats 

  • Cooper led the team with 15 kills on a .310 hitting percentage, she also added seven digs, two aces, and a block.
  • Courtney Lush just missed consecutive double-doubles with 10 kills and nine digs in the match.
  • The team totaled nine aces, more than double their highest total in match in their three previous matches.
  • Kaitlyn Hord led the team with four of the team’s 11 blocks. The team has had double digit blocks in the last two matches.

The team will be back in action on Monday night hosting Vegas at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.