By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Ever since she was a freshman, Stillwater High School senior volleyball player Carley Geer wanted one thing — for someone to notice her.
Geer, the team’s libero, typically hides along the backline, pulling up dig after dig without so much as a cheer from her coaches and teammates.
That all changed Tuesday against Southmoore. For once, she was in the spotlight as players, coaches, fans and even the students watched as Geer became the Stillwater High School record holder for digs in a career.
“It means that I can make a mark in this world,” Geer said. “I can show girls younger than me, if you set your mind to something then you can achieve it, no matter what the circumstances are. It just made me proud that I can stand up for Stillwater.”
Geer’s road to breaking Jennifer Zhou’s record of 1,299 digs has been a long and sometimes thankless one. There were times when she doubted that she’d ever have an impact on the varsity squad — let alone be on top of the record books.
But through it all, she kept fighting — fighting for playing time, fighting for a starting spot and fighting just to be recognized walking down the halls of Stillwater High School.
“I fought for four years now just to be on the high school team,” Geer said. “Knowing that I can finally set a record is pretty amazing because I fought through everything to get my position, to get my varsity spot — everything.”
“As a freshman, we knew she was pretty good and as a sophomore she was pretty good,” Stillwater coach Jason Webber said. “As a junior, I knew that when she started climbing the ranks very quickly that the record would be hers, barring injury. Pretty much, she just had to buckle down, do her job and all the rest would come to her.”
And that’s exactly what Geer did. Even as the crowd started the countdown, the senior didn’t flinch — instead focusing on the next point without even giving the record a second thought.
“A seasoned player is often going to have more poise,” Webber said. “She’s literally done it so many times that she was very comfortable under the hot seat. When the pressure gets tougher, she does as well.”
“I just like to play in the moment,” Geer said. “I don’t like to think about anything in the future, just live in the moment, that ball, that play.”
It was a moment Geer had been waiting for ever since she recorded her first dig as a freshman four years ago. And while she said she was “clueless” when it came to knowing that she would one day hold the record for most digs in Stillwater volleyball history, one thing she does know is that her career isn’t over yet as she eyes a new plateau —1,500 digs, a feat she could achieve by the end of the season.
Geer’s time in the spotlight may have been brief, but she’s hoping her stay in the record books will be a little longer.
“I hope not,” Geer said when asked if someone will eventually break her record. “I hope to be the one that shows everyone that I can do it. I hope that someone eventually will catch it, but not any time soon.”
“I think somebody may catch 1,300, but by the time she’s done she may be at 1,500 and that is going to be very difficult to ever catch again,” Webber said. “This may be a once-in-a-lifetime record that nobody else will ever break.”
Zac Porterfield, cross country
A senior, Porterfield recorded his his second straight second-place finish at the Tulsa Edison meet Friday. That performance, coupled with Bo Frohock’s 10th-place finshed helped the Pioneers capture their second team title, edging out Coweta by 31 points and Owasso by 40 points.
Cailyn Fluty, softball
She may be just a freshman, but she certainly didn’t look the part during Stillwater’s come-from-behind-win against Enid Tuesday.
After leading off the game with a double in the bottom of the first to help Stillwater tally three early runs, Fluty drove in Larkin Anderson with a single in the bottom of the seventh as the Lady Pioneers topped the Pacers 10-9 in the home opener.
“That’s just another case of a freshman that was put in a tough situation and got a pitch to hit,” Stillwater coach Amber Davis said. “I just told her to relax. It wasn’t her first at-bat. She got a pitch to hit and drove it right back up the middle.”
Maggie Ireton, volleyball
Ireton has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Lady Pioneers this season, but she looked pretty comfortable going up against the Class 6A No. Edmond Santa Fe front line Thursday.
The senior tallied five kills an ace and three blocks against the top-ranked Wolves. And while Stillwater was swept 3-0, the match did feel like a moral victory for Ireton and the Lady Pioneers.
Courtney Hughes, softball
In softball, often times it’s expected that the No. 3 hitter will be a catalyst for the offense. But while Hughes did produce an RBI against Enid, she was a different kind of catalyst.
The senior went 2 for 4 with an RBI, but she also acted in more of a leadoff role, ripping a triple during Stillwater’s five-run third inning.