By Chuck Reherman
Southwest Covenant’s volleyball team is heading into the home stretch of their season and is looking to make a run at a first class 4A state tournament.
The No. 9 ranked Lady Patriots rolled to a pair of wins this week, sweeping Harding Fine Arts and the OKC Knights 3-0.
The Lady Patriots are 20-6 overall with two matches remaining. SWCS will host Oklahoma Christian school on Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the junior varsity. SWCS closes out the season Oct. 2 with the OKC Storm and regional tournament begins the next week.
The Lady Patriots had little trouble with Harding in the second meeting between the teams in the past week. SWCS rolled to a 25-6, 25-16 and 25-22 win over Harding.
The contest was similar to the last meeting between the teams, SWCS used a solid service game that Harding had trouble handling. SWCS head coach Samantha Lindsey went to her bench in the third set.
“This one went pretty much like the match we played with them last week,” Lindsey said. “We served the ball well and they couldn’t get the ball back over the net.
“We did get a chance to get our younger players in the match and that will help us later on,” she added. “Our younger players didn’t panic when Harding did make a run at them and they were able to gather themselves and get the win.”
The Lady Patriots took control of the opening set early on. SWCS had seven service aces in their opening 10 points to take a 10-1 lead. Four more aces opened a 15-2 lead and the Lady Patriots opened a 21-3 lead.
Harding did make it 24-6 before the Lady Patriots served an ace to end the set.
The second set was a little closer, although the Lady Patriots again used their service game to control the set. SWCS served up 34 aces in the match.
SWCS opened a 10-2 lead in the second set and led 15-8 then opened a 21-12 lead.
Kylie Moseley and Kindle Chamberlain led the team in aces with seven each. Sierra Anduss, Macie Noland, Allie Ward and Laurel Wilbanks all had four aces.
Noland did lead the team in kills with 10. Emma Riggs and Alex Davis had five kills. Allie Ward led the team in assists with nine.
Against the OKC Knights, the Lady Patriots used their outside hitting game to control the match and win in three sets.
The Lady Patriots had 30 kills in the match, led by Noland with 12. Davis had eight kills and Moseley six.
Chamberlain led the team in aces with three as SWCS had 10 in the match.
Moseley and Noland had two blocks each.
In an earlier match, the Lady Patriots came up short to class 4A No. 7 ranked Crossings Christian School.
The Lady Patriots won the first set 25-23, but lost the next three. Crossings won the second 25-12 and won the second 25-20 to go up 2-1. Crossings took the third set 25-22.
SWCS had their chances to extend the match to a fifth set. The Lady Patriots did lead in the third set on three occasions, but each time Crossings, 20-6, made their comeback.
“We played them a good match, but we were missing our libero (Chamberlain) and that made a difference,” Lindsey said. “We had our chances and a hit here or there and we could have won the match.
“We knew Crossings would be a tough team, we scrimmaged them early in the season,” she added. “But, I feel we can beat them if we face them again and not make the mistakes we made.”
Noland led the team in kills with 10 and Davis added five. Davis also had three blocks.
By Chuck Reherman