The road to wins for the Shawnee volleyball team went down a bumpy path Tuesday as the girls defeated Chickasha 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 25-19.
The Wolves had the Fighting Chicks on the ropes with a 24-17 lead in game three but couldn’t find the will to put them away as Chickasha went on a 9-0 run for their only win of the night.
The game went back-and-forth until the Wolves gained a slight advantage on an ace from Sarah Kim to lead 12-10 but couldn’t hold onto it.
“It’s just a lack of focus,” coach Kristin Artberry said. “They get a too comfortable sometimes, they think they have the game won and a team will come back.”
Shawnee bounced back with a 5-0 start to game four but allowed four unanswered points to shrink their lead to one point. Chickasha made a 6-3 run to tie the game as the teams started another back-and-forth exchange.
Tied at 14 the Wolves made a four-point run capped on an ace from Dacey Hutchinson and held on for a 24-18 win and take the match.
The girls earned their win in what Artberry said was probably their roughest game of the season, and they might have learned a harsh lesson in the process.
“They need to realize that any team can come in any given night and take away what they want to accomplish,” Artberry said.
Shawnee took a 6-0 lead in the first game before a serve into the net gave Chickasha their first point. The Wolves never gave up the lead in the game but allowed the Fighting Chicks to get within one before recovering and holding the lead.
The Wolves let Chickasha take their first lead of the series midway through the first game but rebounded for a 25-18 win.
Hutchinson led the Wolves with eight kills and five aces followed by Kaitlyn Wisseman with six kills and four blocks and Jaci Johnson had 12 aces and 23 assists.
Artberry said the girls got complacent playing a team that was under them after playing well throughout the season. Tuesday night’s loss was a wake-up call.
“I tell them that they have to come in every day and night and play like they’re in the State championship and I think that they understand that after this game tonight. This is not a good win, we’re not proud of this win, but we’ll take it,” she said.
Shawnee host Christian Heritage Thursday.