September 17 – Tahlequah had a perfect senior night on Thursday at the Tahlequah Multi-Purpose Activity Center.
The No. 7 Class 5A Lady Tigers swept Ok’s fourth-place 3A in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) after honoring five seniors – Lola Brownfield, Dorothy Swearingen, Lydia McAlvain, McKinley Thompson and Faith Springwater – and won her second straight game.
“They are a very special group,” Tahlequah head coach Don Ogden said of his elders. âThey have a great personality. This group all have different personalities, but when they come together they seem to create a new personality. It’s fun to train.â
Tahlequah took a 6-1 lead in the first set, led 10-4 and finished with a 7-5 run. In the second set, the Lady Tigers took a 10-3 lead and led up to nine points (17-8). In the closing set, they finished with an 8-1 run.
The Lady Tigers improved to 14-9 overall with four games remaining in the regular season.
âThere are so many things we’re playing for right now,â Ogden said. âObviously the seniors night was a big deal. We try to do our best to maintain our position in the polls because the top eight teams can host a regional. Our path to hosting regional ones has been maybe. to be as tough as anyone in 5A. We want to do our part, win the games we need and position ourselves to play at home. “
Swearingen and Kori Rainwater led the Lady Tigers with eight kills each. Swearingen had 19 swings and Rainwater had 30. Tahlequah finished with 13 aces on serve, punctuated by Emma Sherron’s five and Rainwater’s four. Sadie Foster led the way with eight digs, while Brownfield followed with seven. McAlvain finished with 24 assists.
âWe played three games and got 97 swings, which meant there weren’t a lot of free balls,â Ogden said. âWe were on target and were able to put a few sets in some swing positions. We didn’t reach as high as I would have liked, but every time you have 26 kills and only 14 mistakes you win more. points that you don’t lose. “
The Lady Tigers will host Tulsa East Central on Thursday, September 23 at TMAC.