By Chuck Reherman
It’s been a long four weeks for Yukon to get back to where they expected to be in the middle of September.
The Millerettes may have finally gotten there.
After two weeks off the court and only one match in each of the last two weeks, YHS got back on the winning track Monday night with a 3-0 win over Westmoore in a rescheduled match at YHS.
The win snapped a four match losing streak by the Millerettes, 3-7, who have nine matches over the next 21 days before heading into the playoffs.
YHS will host Choctaw on Thursday and the match will also be Senior Night for the Millerettes.
The Millerettes after a close opening set, took control of the match in the second set and ended it in three. YHS won 26-24, 25-17 and 25-19.
“We knew we wanted to come out and win and wanted it in three,” Millerette head coach Rachel Allred said. “To get our first conference win off of two disappointing losses and then be able to come in a change it after we were down big in that third set.
“The fight is there and we found it tonight, we just have to learn how to keep it,” she said. “Tonight was still just glimpses of what it was against Edmond Memorial and Deer Creek. We are getting the confidence back of seeing what we can be and what we have been. We are getting a more consistent practice schedule back again, so all the pieces are getting back into place just in time for us to get rolling again.”
Leading 2-0, it looked like Westmoore was going to force a fourth set after taking a 10-3 lead. But, the Millerettes battled back as Addy Wimmer had a service ace to close to 11-7, then a kill from Rachel Kittell, a tip-over from Katelyn Biswell and a Tay McReynolds block tied the set 11-11.
YHS took a 20-16 lead and Wimmer, with the match 20-18, served four straight points and a 24-18 lead. The Millerettes scored the winner after Westmoore hit the ball into the net.
The opening set didn’t start off as well either as Westmoore ran off to a 5-0 lead. A Kittell kill and two Wimmer aces sparked a YHS run to tie the set 11-11. The teams traded points to 24-24 before Katie Clark’s kill and a Westmoore kill attempt went out of bounds gave the Millerettes the 26-24 win.
In the second set, the Millerettes grabbed a 12-6 lead. Westmoore did rally to 15-14 before two Wimmer kills, one from Kaylee Coleman and a tip-over from Kittell opened a 24-17 lead. Kittell scored the set winner on a kill.
“The communication and the energy was good tonight,” Allred said. “We haven’t gotten to play at home yet this season until tonight and that feeling of getting some kind of normal, there were people in the stands and the players were escited about it. Also we didn’t have to set around we just came in an played.”