Despite keeping two of the games close, Chickasha volleyball suffered defeat at the hands of Piedmont in three straight games.
The 18-25, 21-25, 8-25 loss comes on the back of a victory against Tecumseh last week. Head coach Nancy Waters said the first two games against Piedmont on Tuesday night were a matter of finding momentum at the right time.
"We were at 17-19 in both of those games, and I called a timeout," Waters said. "I told them the next three points were the most important and we had to win them. We proceeded to lose two of the next three points. We let it get away from us tonight."
In game one, Piedmont came out the strongest and built a quick 6-2 lead, but the Lady Chicks were able to answer. They came back to take the lead 10-8 and caused some worry for the visitors, who subsequently called a timeout.
The game continued to go back and forth before Piedmont took a solid hold of play and took the victory.
Another early surge from the visitors in game two saw Waters call a timeout to bring her players' heads back into the game. She focussed particularly on movement, which is something the team struggled with.
"We were leaning for balls," Waters said. "We're waiting for it to come to us."
The timeout must have helped, because the Lady Chicks sprung back into action and took a 10-9 lead and, at one point, led by four points. Piedmont kept its cool and was able to claw back into the game and eventually run out winners by four points.
The third game was unfortunately one to forget for Chickasha. Waters said the difference was down to the players' belief and determination.
"There was no heart in the third game," Waters said. "They have the skills; skill is not our problem at all. We just did not have the gumption."
Mikala Harris provided a bright spot for Chickasha with eight aces. Chloe Reyes led the team in kills with five, while Rory Troub, Jordan Biddy and Malorie Mottinger each contributed three kills. Troub and Devyn Crosley led the way defensively with six digs each.
It's a busy week for the Lady Chicks, as they travel to Southeast on Thursday before hosting a tournament in Chickasha this weekend.