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September 11, 2013

Owasso height stresses MHS into sweep

Webster defines an anomaly as ‘”an instance of not following a general rule.”

Muskogee volleyball coach John Hammer agreed with that definition as he searched for a way to describe the hammering his Lady Roughers took at the hands of Class 6A No.7 ranked Owasso Tuesday night in Frontier Conference action at the Muskogee girls gym.

“That wasn’t the effort I’ve been seeing all year. That was fear and intimidation,” said a dejected Hammer as the Lady Rams led from start to finish in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-19) win. Muskogee trailed from the outset in all three sets, getting to a tie just once to open the third set.

With three starters plus two subs standing six feet or better, Owasso was the biggest team Muskogee has faced so far. And it proved to be a physical and mental challenge for the Lady Roughers.

“I could see that we weren’t ready in our seventh hour walk-through this afternoon,” said Hammer. “I think we were intimidated. My girls know a lot of their girls from club volleyball and knew how big they were and I think they let that get to them.”

Owasso (8-4) jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first set and cruised to victory. In the second set, the Lady Rams took the first five points but Muskogee battled back to within three at 6-3. Owasso then ran off four straight points to make it 10-3 and never looked back.

The Lady Roughers (7-5) showed some fight in the third set. They were within two points at 6-4 before Owasso went on a 6-2 run to stretch the lead to 12-6.

Muskogee would make one last run late in the match. With the Lady Rams leading 20-13, Muskogee outscored Owasso 5-1 to close to within three at 21-18, but no closer than that.

Owasso’s outside hitter Katie Hendrix had12 kills while sophomore Claire Farmer had 13 kills to lead Muskogee.

There were some silver linings for the Lady Roughers in the match.

“I put Alexis Rosson in at libero tonight and she did a good job for not having played that position,” said Hammer. “And our little freshman, Allie Jiles, stepped in and did a nice job (six digs and two service aces).”

Leigh Westbrook had three blocks and six kills. “She’s played well the last two matches. But overall that was not the team I saw play against Jenks or Union or Broken Arrow. That was a team that played very timidly,” Hammer said.

A tough weekend awaits the Lady Roughers as they take part in the Coweta Tournament which features four teams (Sequoyah, Coweta, Tahlequah and Tulsa Edison)  ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes.

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