SHAWNEE – The No. 15 in class 6A Shawnee volleyball team suffered a hard-fought 3-1 loss at home to No. 18 Westmoore Thursday. The Lady Wolves took Westmoore down to the wire in the final set, but lost 26-24.
“There were a lot of aspects of our game that I thought we did really well,” coach Kaitlyn Lucy said. “I thought Olivia (Barlean) defended well, I thought we did some really good things out of the middle. But overall I just think our mentality of who we are as a team needs to change a little bit and needs to grow. And when we reach that point of growing I think we are going to be phenomenal.”
The girls won the first set of the night 25-18 with the finishing blow coming from Katelynn Wissman. She finished with eight kills and a block and was a menace to Westmoore all night.
Lucy challenges Wissman every day at practice and was happy with her performance.
“Every day she shows up and she tries to get better and even if she gets frustrated, she keeps growing and I'm very proud of her,” she said.
The teams were evenly-paced in the second set, until Westmoore rallied with four unanswered points for the 25-21 win. The third set slipped away from Shawnee 25-19.
The girls clawed back in the final set but fell short in the end.
Losing 6-3, The Lady Wolves rallied with thirteen unanswered points to take a commnding 16-6 advantage but let Westmoore back in after that with a 15-5 run to tie at 21.
The teams exchanged points and leads but Shawnee couldn't fend off their attackers.
Lucy said her girls got too tight and stressed out and in turn lost to a team that they were just as good as or better than.
“The girls need to accept this challenge to compete with teams that are as good as us or compete as well as us. I think tonight we didn't reach that challenge, but in the near future we're going to,” she said.
Ashley Kasterke finished the game with 10 kills and five digs and three aces and Brooklyn Fluke had nine kills and two digs. Libero Olivia Barlean served up two aces and made 13 digs.
Shawnee (11-4) will be at the Catoosa tournament this weekend.