Wolverine volleyball loses tight match to Enid
Lawton High was knocking on the door but was never able to break it down. The Wolverines were serving for set points in three of the four sets in their match against Enid Tuesday night. A match that could have easily ended in their favor 3-1 ended up going the other way as they lost in four sets 20-25, 25-27, 26-24, 24-26.
"It's tough because any one of those sets could've gone either way," Lawton head coach Josh Wall said. "Right now what we're trying to figure out is the same thing as all season. It's that mental aspect of the game. We got progressively better each set and even in the fourth one to take a 9-point lead at 12-3. You've got to give Enid credit. They were hard workers and great hitters. We see a lot of teams who are more skilled than us and more athletic than us. One thing that we do well almost every time is we scrap. Scrappy volleyball, that's what we want to do. You may be more athletic, more skilled or smarter than us, but we're just going to try to work our butts off to try to score points any way we can."
The Wolverines (7-9) led 12-10 midway through the first set and late in the second set were up 25-24 before dropping the next three points.
Despite a demoralizing second set loss, the Wolverines continued to make strides into the third set and wear down their opponent. After trailing 7-2 they battled back and to take their biggest lead at 17-10. Once again, the teams went the 25-point mark to decide a set winner. After losing two set points, Enid tied the game 24-24 before hitting the ball out on the next two points to give Lawton its first set of the night.
"Tonight, we wanted to keep it deep on their end of the court to make them make long passes," Wall said. "I think we did a great job of doing that and we got progressively better with each set. It is tough when any set could go our way. When you start to come back, it definitely gets you momentum and I think it gave us confidence. They may be a little bit more skilled, but right now we're working our butts off and it's paying off so let's just keep that going. I'm proud of them."
It appeared as if Lawton had captured all of the momentum of the match and would be forcing a fifth set as it took a 12-3 lead to start the fourth set.
Enid began to chip away behind its two talented outside hitters Taylor Smith and Kacie Platt, who had 18 and 12 kills, respectively. The Wolverines had three straight set points beginning at 24-21 but they were unable to capitalize as Enid scored the last five points to take the set and the match.
There were plenty of bright spots for Lawton, especially on the outside with their freshmen U'lani Aipa and LaShon Chew led the team with 11 kills. Morgan Roberts added eight kills and four aces.