Tahlequah Daily Press

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September 21, 2012

Lady Tigers fall on senior night

Senior night was not OK for the Tahlequah volleyball volleyball team as the Lady Mustangs of Okay won the match in three straight sets.

Before the match, the members of Tahlequah’s volleyball team were all smiles, enjoying photos and gifts with parents and friends to celebrate their final home appearance of the season.

In the first set, Okay came out strong by scoring four straight points. The first point for Tahlequah was controversial. The Lady Mustangs had what looked like a kill shot, and as the ball hit the floor the Okay players began to celebrate their fifth straight point. But, as the ball hit the floor the Tahlequah players continued to play and were given the point.  

The Lady Mustangs won the first and second sets 25-23, setting up a third set that both teams did not want to lose. Okay players were pushed to the limit in the third set, but came out victorious, 28-26.

“A lot of credit to Okay. They made a few more plays than we did in the end,” Tahlequah coach Don Ogden said. “They aren’t ranked number two in 4A for nothing. We were called for net violations when we thought we had scored some big points. It’s tough. It changes momentum.”

In defeat, senior Casey Beaston nabbed 21 kills and three service aces for Tahlequah. Kalie Champlain helped Tahlequah stay in the game with 25 assists. Junior Gillian Tinnin also brought six kills to the party.

“Our seniors played hard because they knew it was their last time to play on this court,” said Ogden. “A big shout out to the crowd and our fans. We were very happy with the atmosphere here tonight. We just came up a little bit short against a good team.”

With the loss, Metro Lakes Conference champion Tahlequah is 18-9 for the season. Tahlequah will be playing at the Claremore tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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