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August 7, 2012

Stillwater High volleyball opens season with victory

Lady Pioneers top Oklahoma Bible Academy in four sets.

STILLWATER, Okla. — Despite coming out of the match a little bruised and battered, the Stillwater High School volleyball team opened its season with  3-1 victory over Oklahoma Bible Academy Tuesday at Pioneer Fieldhouse.

“It feels really good,”Stillwater senior Kiley Josey said. “We lost to OBA the last few years, so this is a big deal. It wasn’t the best west we could play. We plan on stepping up big time the rest of the season. ...We still have a lot of things to work on in practice, but I’m happy we got the win.”

Stillwater opened the first set with a 25-19 victory before dropping the second set 25-13 to tie the match at 1-1.

That’s when the Lady Pioneers started to turn things around.

Led by senior Peyton Meacham and Josey’s ace Stillwater grabbed a 10-2 lead. The Lady Trojans closed the lead to one late in the match, but Josey’s kill gave Stillwater a 25-23 victory.

“I’ve got to take responsibility for that second set,” Stillwater coach Jason Webber said. “We just didn’t have the right people in the right place. Coach definitely needs some improvement in that area, too. But we came back in the third set with the lineup we know and had the people in the right place.”

With momentum in their favor, Stillwater saved it’s best game for last by opening the set with an 11-3 run. The Lady Pioneers continued to pepper OBA’s defense as Josey racked up three kills in the fourth set alone, giving her nine kills on the night as Stillwater took the final set 25-17.

“It’s important for the girls to come out with confidence early in the season,” Webber said. “We had a great matchup with OBA. Their defense is stellar, their aggressiveness is to be desired and they’re very well coached. So I have a lot of pride in our girls to compete with them and to beat them.”

Next the eighth-ranked Lady Pioneers will travel to Broken Arrow to face No. 9 Broken Arrow on Thursday.

“It’s our first away game, so there’s definitely going to be some nerves,” Josey said. “I think if we come out with the same fire that you saw in the last game, we should be great.”

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