FIRTH â€” Early in the match against Salmon Wednesday night the Firth High School volleyball team found themselves in a four point hole.
For the next few points the Cougars tried to dig themselves out of the hole, but mistakes were keeping Salmon in front.
That was until Bailey Nelson started to take over the match.
Nelson had a booming kill that ignited a four point rally that gave Firth the lead and the momentum.
Nelson finished the night with a game-high 19 kills at the Cougars earned a 25-23, 25-13, 28-18 victory at Firth High School.
"The girls played well tonight," Firth head coach Carla Reeves said. "We fell behind early last night, but I liked was that we battled back and that is exactly what we are going to have to do when we get to state."
While Nelson's booming kill was far from her first of the evening, it did not have the resounding momentum right away the Firth faithful were hoping for.
Salmon battled back to take a 19-18 lead, it would swell to 22-19, before Nelson's big kill of the first set started the rally for the Cougars that earned them the first set win.
Nelson's kill cut the deficit to one, then two late kills from Kylie McCree closed out the set.
"Bailey and Kylie are always battling for stats," Reeves said. "Those two played well tonight and helped out when our middles were not on at all."
The second set featured more the the same from the Cougars as the big-hitting Nelson and McCree continued to give the Salmon defense fits.
Firth jumped out to a 4-1 lead.
Back-to-back aces by Salmon's Carly Knudson tied the match at 4-4, two points later Nelson came up with another kill and the Cougars never looked back.
Nelson was serving for the Cougars when they closed out the set with seven consecutive points.
The first half of set three was a battle as Salmon was not going to roll over as the two teams five tie scores in the first 18 points.
The Firth lead would not swell to anymore than five points during the set and that was at 21-16.
"It was a good night for us tonight," Reeves said. "Things are coming to gather for us and with districts coming up that is a good thing for us."
Nelson added five digs and a block to go with her 19 kills. McCree added 13 kills and nine digs and Jordyn Park added 33 assists.
Firth hosts Ririe tonight, junior varsity begins at 5:30 p.m. varsity will follow immediately after.