The Shawnee volleyball team showed an improvement in their team communication and hitting at Tuesday’s Senior Night game against Del City. The Lady Wolves commanded the floor for a 25-9, 25-12, 25-19 sweeping in their final home game of the regular season.
“We’ve done a lot of work in practice on communicating, understanding the importance of communicating, making sure that what they’re talking about is important to the match,” coach Kristin Artberry said.
After giving up a point to the Eagles in the first set the Lady Wolves put up five unanswered points to lead 5-1 and maintained the lead from there.
Del City crept within two to make it a 7-5 game but a 7-0 Shawnee run pushed the Wolves back out to a sizable lead. Up 16-8 Shawnee allowed the Eagles their last point of the game, finishing off with a 9-0 run for the win.
The Lady Wolves continued to hold control in the second set as they went ahead 10-4 early. Shawnee maintained the advantage, making a 3-0 run capped on an ace by Brooklyn Bibb to end things.
The third game held the most interest as remained even through most of the set. Shawnee got out ahead at 12-6 and held the lead for a 25-19 win on a serve out of bounds.
Working together as a team is what gave the Lady Wolves the extra push they needed to get the win, Artberry said.
“Our team effort was just all around good. We’ve worked a lot of teamwork stuff as well in trying to become one as a team and not just six individuals,” she said.
Katelynn Wissmen led the team offensively with seven kills, three blocks and five digs. Payton McNeil provided some stellar defense with 10 digs and three aces.
As the season draws to an end winning their final game at home was huge, Artberry said.
“I think it was a great win to finish off at home, especially since we’re trying to make a push into Regionals. I think it gave the girls a lot of confidence,” she said.
Artberry didn’t have much to say to her seniors before the game, she said. Instead, she reminded then that even though it was their last home game the season was far from over.
“We’re not done yet, we’ve still got a lot of business to take care of and they know that,” she said.
The Lady Wolves will have their final match of the regular season Thursday at U.S. Grant.