By MATT REYNOLDS
The Sequoyah High School volleyball squad lost to Oklahoma Christian School in three straight sets in the state tournament Friday.
“We just picked a bad day to play average,” said SHS Lady Indians head coach Jay Herrin.
After beating OCS in the OK Tournament earlier this season, OCS got some revenge Friday afternoon in the first round of the state volleyball tournament.
“Give OCS all the credit. They improved since the last time we played,” said Herrin.
Sequoyah fought hard but lost the first set, 25-18; the second, 25-20; and the third set, 25-18.
The Lady Indians had a outstanding season this year, going 31-6. The only loss for the Lady Indians in Class 4A came Friday to OCS.
This was the first time Sequoyah’s volleyball team made the state tournament since 2006. 2013 marked the first year in history the Lady Indians won over 30 games in a season, as well three tournaments and a berth at the state tournament.
“When the girls look back at this season, they will understand just how great of a season it was. We had a lot of accomplishments with this group,” said Herrin.
The key to OCS’ victories in each set over Sequoyah was an aggressive jump in each set to take a commanding lead.
Sequoyah battled back each time, closing the lead behind the play of Audrey Ballou, who had eight kills on the match and two blocks. Ballou had some help from Jhonett Cookson, who marked eight kills and six blocks on the night.
M’dea Murry also logged a notable performance for the Lady Indians, serving a team-leading three aces.
Sequoyah will lose seven seniors to graduation, Herrin said.
“The seniors will be missed; they had a fantastic run,” he said.
Sequoyah will have a good nucleus returning next year, however.
“We really want to keep the tradition that we have here going,” Herrin said.