Tahlequah Daily Press

August 14, 2013

Sequoyah beats Salina in opener

Special Writer

— The Sequoyah volleyball team got the season underway Tuesday night against Salina with a bang. The Lady Indians had some rough stretches but prevailed in the end to win all three games (25-13, 25-22, 25-16) and the match.

“We were a little rusty at times, but to get a win in our first game of the year against a good team, we are very pleased” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said.

The Lady Indians looked in mid-season form in the first game. After a three-all tie early on, Sequoyah didn’t look back behind the spikes of senior Audrey Ballou and Baylee Herrin.

“We got on a roll and finished the game strong” Jay Herrin said.

After winning the first game in such dominating fashion, the second game was very different from the first. Salina jumped out to a 7-4 lead on the Lady Indians.

“We hit the snooze button in game two,” Jay Herrin said.

Sequoyah didn’t look like the same team at times. During the second game, the Lady Indians were down by as many as seven points at one point. Herrin quickly called a timeout and got them playing back together. The Lady Indians rallied, playing relentless, as they scratched and clawed to get back in the game behind Ballou’s great play. The Lady Indians went on to come back and edge out the Lady Wildcats, going up two games to none.

The Lady Indians reactivated the snooze button in the third game as Salina jumped out to a 4-0 lead. And Salina wouldn’t stop there. They continued to build their lead by eight points.

The 15-7 lead for Salina quickly withered away as a couple of fantastic plays by Ballou and Baylee Herrin brought the Lady Indians back in the game. Baylee Herrin would get a huge block to put the Lady Indians up 17-16, and after that it was history.

“That was a great run when we finally woke up as that one was almost out of hand,” Jay Herrin said. “Once you get down about eight points in volleyball, its awful hard to dig yourself out”

Ballou, after sitting out last year due to transfer regulations, registered 13 kills for the Lady Indians.

“She is a very talented athlete,” Jay Herrin said. “She makes a lot of plays around the net and is a big addition to the team this year.”

Helping Ballou was Balyee Herrin with six kills and two blocks. Setter Eva Hooper had 14 assists, and Cammie Copeland had 10.

Sequoyah will return to the court this weekend when it hosts its own tournament at The Place Where They Play.