By Chuck Reherman
OKLAHOMA CITY – Southwest Covenant capped their regular season Tuesday night with a three-set sweep of Oklahoma City Casady.
The No. 9 ranked Lady Patriots, 22-7, posted a 25-16, 25-21 and 25-18 on the road at Casady.
The win came a day after the Lady Patriots faced No. 3 ranked Oklahoma Christian School and dropped a four-set match 3-1.
The Lady Patriots started off slow, but finished the match strong to earn their 22nd win of the season.
“We looked pretty tired, playing back to back nights was tough,” SWCS head coach Samantha Lindsey said. “We have struggled with our serve all year, but the last few games we have really picked it up and we are finally starting to be more consistent.
“Kylie (Moseley) was a standout serving the ball in the match,” she said. “Which was a positive for the team to get motivated.”
The Lady Patriots started out the match slow, but came on with kills from Macie Noland, Moseley and Emma Riggs. Riggs, Moseley and Alex Davis also had key blocks in the opening set and the match.
In the second set, the Lady Patriots committed some unforced errors that kept Casady in the set.
The service game gave the Lady Patriots the edge and key shots late in the set gave SWCS the lead and a 2-0 lead.
SWCS took the lead early in the third set and use kills from Noland to win the set.
Noland finished the night with 17 kills, Riggs had seven, Moseley five and Davis two. Kindle Chamberlain led the team with two aces.
On Monday night, the Lady Patriots took on OCS in a match-up of top 10 ranked teams.
OCS won the match 3-1, taking the first set 25-15 and the second 25-20. The Lady Patriots won the third set 25-18, but lost the fourth set 25-15.
It was the second meeting between the teams. OCS won a best of three set match in the Best of the West Tournament in Clinton.
“That was the first time in our history that we have taken a set from OCS, so that is an improvement,” Lindsey said. “Overall, I was worried about this game. We didn’t practice Friday because of the rain and the flooding, so that made me a little nervous, but we responded and did a lot of good things.
“We came together as a team and didn’t get down on ourselves in bad moments,” she said. “I feel like we had a lot of growth. OCS is a really good team.”
The Lady Patriots took control of the third set, breaking an 11-11 tie and went on to a 25-18 win.
The Lady Patriots opened an 18-12 lead on a kill from Riggs and she followed that up with a block that made it a 20-13 lead.
A second Riggs block and an ace from Chamberlain opened a 22-17 lead. OCS made it 24-18, but a kill from Davis ended the set.
In the fourth set, OCS jumped out to a 4-1 lead, pushed it to 9-3, then 13-5. SWCS did cut the lead to 16-12, but OCS controlled the tempo the rest of the way. OCS went on a 7-1 run to open a 23-13 lead.
“Overall, we played a good match and I was pleased,” Lindsey said. “We are young and still have a lot of growth and inexperience, but overall, we had a lot of growth and energy.”
Southwest Covenant beat Destiny Christian in an earlier match, 3-1 in a home match.
By Chuck Reherman