Stillwater News Press

Breaking News

High School Sports

October 1, 2013

Stillwater High senior Carpenter effective at scoring points

STILLWATER, Okla. — Sarah Carpenter isn’t the hardest hitter on the Stillwater High School volleyball team. She’s not the most athletic or the most techincally sound, either.

But one thing she is — effective.

From her unique hitting style which produces a high-arching shot that sinks just inside the line to her unpredictable serves, the senior has played a huge role in Stillwater’s success this season.

“That’s pretty much all her,” coach Jason Webber said of Carpenter’s unique swing. “It’s not a techincal swing, but it is a functional swing. It’s something that she has and has gotten to work really well over the past few years. I’ve tried to fix it, but it doesn’t seem to really be broken.”

Carpenter’s swing certainly wasn’t broken during the Stillwater Varsity Tournament last weekend. Her unorthodox swing helped fuel the Lady Pioneers to a 3-2 record and third-place finish, boosted their confidence heading into the home stretch of the season.

“It’s just really exciting to get kills like that,” Carpenter said. “It just really boosts the mood of the whole team. Everyone gets excited to see the ball hit the floor on the other side.”

Like a crafty lefty in baseball or a golfer who adjusts for his slice, Webber has learned to deal with Carpenter’s approach, no matter how difficult of a pill it is to swallow.

The reason behind that? It gets the job done.

“That’s been her trademark,” Webber said. “A lot of people like to bang hard and are one dimensional. Sarah is very mindful about what she does and is able to use multiple approaches to solve a problem. It’s just one of her trademarks and what we like about her. Sometimes we don’t really know how to solve a problem and she says, ‘Give it to me and I’ll get it done.’”

And like any good reliever, she uses her wits just as much as she uses her famous sinker.

“I’ve never been the greatest athlete, so I always have to be intelligent in everything I do,” Carpenter said. “When I’m hitting, I’ll look for ways I can outsmart the other team.”

“It’s about being creative while you’re on the floor, taking shots that most people think that you wouldn’t take and catching people off guard,” Webber said. “When she’s at her peak, she’s really good at finding ways to beat teams.”

But for as intelligent of a player that Carpenter is, Webber said there is one thing that keeps her from being better — and it’s not her swing. It’s her confidence.

“(Webber) called a timeout during the Union match and just was really getting on to me because I was losing faith,” Carpenter said. “That was really key. We did lose the match, but I think it got us in gear for the Memorial match.”

Armed with that restored confidence, Carpenter tallied five aces to go along with several in the 3-1 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

“That last match against Memorial was just really encourging for our team and me personally,” Carpenter said. “Knowing that I can perform that way against a good team is encouraging.”

And while the season may not be over just yet, Webber said without a doubt that the Lady Pioneers would not be in a position to make another run to state without its unorthodox senior co-captain — on or off the court.

“The chemisty is different (without her),” Webber said. “She has made herself a trademark on the front of uniting the team. The players chose her and Carley Geer as captions unanimously. Those two got about the same number of votes each and they definitely rally behind Sarah.”

Honorable Mention

Braxton Noble, football

Hailey McDaniel, softball

King Williams, football

Zach Porterfield, cross country

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Stocks
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now!
Must Read