By Chuck Reherman
After a rough start to the night, Yukon’s volleyball team looked to have things righted in their second match.
It went well for a set, then went the other way.
Yukon dropped a pair of matches to Piedmont and Tulsa Union Thursday night in the YHS gymnasium. The Millerettes lost 3-0 to Piedmont, then dropped a 3-1 match to Union in the second.
Against Union, it looked like the Millerettes were about to turn the night around, winning the first set 25-16 and were tied 23-23 in the second in a close contest. But, Union scored the final two points to win 25-23, then won the third 25-23 and the fourth set 25-20 to take the match.
The opening match was someone close, but controlled by the Lady Wildcats, who won 25-19, 25-15 and 25-20.
“We played well against Tulsa Union and that was the goal after the Piedmont game,” Millerette head coach Rachel Allred said. “The Piedmont game was slow, we had tons of hitting errors and I felt like we couldn’t hit at all. That was the main struggle, everything else was okay, we just finish in a ball.
“We had so many missed serves and we couldn’t hit a ball to save our lives,” she said. “With those two things, we could never get up and when we did get back, we would turn around and lose it. The Energy never picked up and we kind of dragged.
“The test was to forget about that, get over that and the challemge I gave them was I wanted to see a totally different team. That team that played Piedmont is not the one we want playing Union and they showed me that. When we came out and won that first set they were totally different. The energy was better, the pressure on the ball was better, the hitting on the ball was way better.
“The serving was where we slipped off a little bit. We lost by three in the second set and we missed five serves. It was just little things where we would get back up and then lose it on the serve. And, it was against a team that we didn’t really need to serve hard against. They didn’t have a very good serve receive, so it was just about placing it smart. But we were not serving it smart. We could have just served it over and in, but we were trying to do too much with too little and not getting our serves in.”
Down 2-1 to Union, the Millerettes trailed the Lady Redskins the whole set, but was also on the cusp of getting the lead. YHS was down 21-17, but used a Rachel Kittle kill and a tip over from Katie Clark to make it 21-19. YHS got within 21-20 before Union scored the final four points.
The third set was back and forth also. YHS did take an 11-10 lead and had an 18-15 advantage. Union rallied to a 24-21 lead, but a long rally that included an backward over the head return from Libbie Hughs 25 feet away from the net, led to a Kittell kill to make it 24-22. Union scored the game winning point on the next serve.
The only set that wasn’t close was the opening set where the Millerettes used kills from Addy Wimmer, Clark, Kittell and Kaylee Coleman to post a 25-16 win.
Against class 5A No. 8 ranked Piedmont, the Millerettes kept the match close for the most part, but saw the Lady Wildcats take control late in each set.
YHS had tied PHS 16-16 an again 19-19 in the opening set. But. PHS went on a 6-0 run to win the first set 25-19.
In the second YHS was within three, 14-11, but saw Piedmont go on an 11-4 run to win 25-15. In the third, The Millerettes tied the set 20-20 then saw PHS go on a 5-0 run to win 25-20.
On Tuesday night, the Millerettes gave No. 3 ranked Mustang a tough battle, but fell in three sets. MHS won the match 25-16, 25-23 and 25-17.
“We played better in the last two sets,” Allred said. “We got down by seven and we got on it, but it was a too late. It did help us get clicking in the second set, but it was a little too late. We have to perfect out block and once we have that will give us confidence all the way round.”