Millerette spikers roll by PCO

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Baylie Thiel goes to a knee to dig a serve during a recent match. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
WARR ACRES – After a streak of three bad conference matches in a row, Yukon found their stride again.
The Millerettes made quick work of Putnam City Original in three sets Tuesday night in a non-conference match at Putnam City.
The Millerettes beat the Lady Pirates 25-14, 25-15 and 25-12 in one of their quickest matches of the season.
The win followed a tournament title at the Bartlesville Invitational, where the Millerettes won five straight matches
“We had a good match, it was close until the first 10 points, then we pulled away,” Millerette head coach Rachel Allred said. “Putnam City put up a big block and challenged our covering and hitting, but we executed out offense well. It was a good solid win for us.
“The players did a great job, they stayed focused and played hard even when we were up,” she said. “I think coming off a tournament title helped, but they knew they had to go out and work hard and keep each other focused and intense.”
The Millerettes were focused. Leading 10-8, the Millerettes used kills from Katie Clark, Addie Wimmer and Bri Worth in an 8-2 run to open an 18-10 lead.
YHS opened a 22-13 lead and used a block and a kill to score the final two points of the set.
The second set went about the same way. The Millerettes led by a narrow margin early, then turned the set around with blocks, kills and service aces.
The Millerettes opened a 15-8 lead and after seeing Putam City close the margin to 18-12, went on a 7-3 run to take the second set.
YHS controlled the tempo in the third set and after opening an eight-point lead, did not let the Lady Pirates get any closer.
“The tournament and the two non-conference matches (YHS played at Choctaw late Thursday) helped give us a break from playing conference matches and gave us some time to get refocused,” Allred said. “We have a tough stretch of conference games over the next two weeks that we need to play well in to get us ready for regionals.”
Worth led the way for the Millerettes with 11 kills. Wimmer had seven kills and Clark six.
YHS will host Southmoore on Tuesday and travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Thursday.