PERKINS, Okla. —
Stillwater High School volleyball coach Jason Webber often compares his four seniors to pieces of a puzzle — each one playing a crucial role during the Lady Pioneers’ run to the state tournament.
But perhaps an even better description might be a rock band.
You’ve got libero Carley Geer as the lead vocalist — the rock star of the group. Through her inspirational words and play, she makes everyone better.
There’s Sarah Carpenter on the guitar. She has an uncanny knack to improvise seemingly at will, and the results are usually spectacular.
Maggie Ireton holds down the drums. Often referred to as “the crazy one” by her fellow seniors, Ireton is a steady hitter that occasionally surprises you with a solo.
Lastly, there’s bassist Morgan Wheatley. The quietest of the group, Wheatley just goes about her business as usual — nothing too fancy. Then all of a sudden she’ll go off, leaving you scratching your head and saying, “Where did that come from?”
“Each one of them is distinctively different from one another,” Webber said. “Yet they’ve figured out a way to find a bond and work together as friends and family on the court. They’ve had their fair share of tears together. They’ve been excited about each other and upset with each other. They’ve been through the whole gamut of emotions, and having gone through that enough times, they have become a united team.”
Now, as Stillwater prepares to open the state tournament against top-seeded Edmond Santa Fe at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Bixby, those four senior rock stars have the Lady Pioneers ready to take to the state’s biggest stage in hopes of making some beautiful music.
“We all love each other, for starters,” Ireton said.
“We’ve known each other for a while, so we’ve learned to work well with each other,” Geer said.