September 18, 2013

Solid defense prolongs Noble win

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


Libero Rory Troub produced an outstanding defensive performance with 17 digs against Noble Tuesday night, but it was not enough to save a defeat for Chickasha volleyball.

Noble ran out 3-1 winners at the Chickasha Activity Center, but not before battling past some impressive Lady Chicks defense.

"Defense did a great job in both matches," head coach Nancy Waters said. "We had lots of digs and were where we needed to be to get up their hits"

Devyn Crosley led the team on offense with five kills to go with her two blocks. Malorie Mottinger and Alei Gann each added three kills on a quiet night for Chloe Reyes who had just the one. Reyes' best play on the night came on defense, as she finished the match with eight digs.

The first two games against Noble were tight affairs, as the visitors took first blood with a 25-20 win before Chickasha answered to take game two 26-24. From then on, it was a downward slide for the Lady Chicks as momentum quickly turned the other way.

"Varsity played really well in the first two games and the scores showed it," Waters said. "Then in games three and four we lost our energy and stopped doing what got us going in the first two games. We quit talking and playing together."

Game three was won by Noble 25-16 before they stormed to victory with a decisive 25-8 result.

It was a similar night for the Chickasha junior varsity that fell to the Bears 18-25, 25-23, 12-15. Grace Kopycinski led the team with seven kills while also picking up five digs. Luz Juarez had three aces while providing the bulk of offensive production with 18 assists.

"Junior varsity let the first game get away from us but then came back in a tough second game," Waters said. "Like the varsity, they gave up 4 quick points in the third and could never recover."

The Lady Chicks have another home game on Thursday against Deer Creek that starts at 5 p.m.