SHAWNEE - Shawnee was solid for three full sets as the Lady Wolves improved to 2-0 on the year with a 3-set win over McAlester.
New coach Julia Holland said she was pleased with her team's effort even when the score become lopsided in the 25-11, 25-5, 25-12 match.
"We have some things to work on in slower paced matches," Holland said. "We have two players injured right now. We play Owasso and Bishop McGuinness next week. We'll have to play well."
Olivia Barlean led the Lady Wolves on scoring streaks with her serve in all three sets. Barlean had 12 aces in the match. When she wasn't serving she had seven digs.
"(Barlean) is a great server," Holland said. "She can read the court. Even when she is playing on the back row, she reads the court. She is smart. She is constantly talking on the court."
Barlean also set up some of the front line hitters Thursday. Ashley Kasterke can blast the ball from anywhere on the court. When she gets a set above the net, she is almost unstoppable.
Kasterke had 10 kills, served four aces and even recorded four digs when she was on the back row.
Shawnee will be tough to defend because the defense can't focus only on Kasterke. Brooklyn Fluke is also dangerous when she gets a swing at a ball. She also had 10 kills and a few of them were smashed. Regan Wagner added five kills, as well.
Only the seventh graders lost Thursday.
In the 7th grade match, McAlester won 25-11, 24-26, 11-15.
Every other Shawnee team got a win.
The 8th grade won 25-11 and 25-12. The 9th grade won 25-5 and 25-6.
The JV won 25-4 and 25-10.