Chickasha’s volleyball team closed out their summer league season Monday with a three-match sweep, beating Lawton Eisenhower in three games in their first matchup and Union City and Elgin 2 in straight games later in the day.
The girls beat Ike 25-22, 23-25 and 15-11, Union City 25-10 and 25-18 and Elgin 26-24 and 25-15 to go into the tournament at 8-4.
“This summer league is for the development of these girls,” coach Nancy Waters said. “This is the tenth year we’ve had this and it has really benefited us.”
Each team plays three matches on every Monday in June, preparing them for the fall school season.
“It’s been fantastic for these kids,” Waters said. “You can see them getting better and better every week.”
This year’s group is made up of veterans Alex Ross, Will’Eisha Irby, DawnShaye Blakes, Hailey Angel, Kali Gann, Shelby Crosley, Sydney McNabb, Ashlee Hammons, Dana Rose and libero Taycee Seibold.
This will be the second year that the Chicks have used new sets and motion coverages designed for this particular group of players.
“We haven’t changed anything this year,” the coach said. “It took us about the first six weeks of the season to get used to the new sets last year. Now the kids know where to go, what to do and how to get there.
“If you have to think about where you’re supposed to be during a match it’s too late. It has to be automatic.”
Chickasha B is the junior high/freshman group. They’ve been winless so far playing against older, more experienced varsity teams, but the experience will only help them develop faster.
“We’ve got some seventh and eighth graders playing on this team and they’ve improved tremendously over the summer,” said Waters. “They’re passing, setting and spiking and starting to get to where they need to be on the floor.
“Playing against the older girls will help them in the long run. I’m thrilled to death with the way they’ve been playing.”
The younger team is anchored by three girls who played junior high ball and will be freshmen this year – Rory Troub, Kaydee King, Elizabeth Missey and first-year player Ashley Hannah, younger sister of former Lady Chick Elizabeth Hannah.
Chickasha B opens tournament play Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by Chickasha A at 10, both at the Activity Center. The finals are scheduled for 2 p.m.