Chickasha's up-and-down volleyball season came to an end yesterday with a loss to the host Noble Lady Bears at the 5A Regional.

“Noble didn't beat us, we beat ourselves,” a frustrated coach Nancy Waters said.

Chickasha tied the first game of the best-of-five match at 16 then gave up nine straight points. They let Noble make a couple of runs in game two and dropped that one 25-17.

They finally played to potential in the third game and hammered the Bruins 25-9.

Just as Waters thought that they 'd be all right and climb back in it, her Chicks let Noble jump out to a quick 13-3 lead and that was it. Noble advanced with a 25-12 game four win and the Chicks' season was done.

“We let it get away. Our serving was great and we passed the ball well but we just kept shanking it,” Waters explained. “We were making the blocks at the net but we kept blocking them out. We just weren't consistent…again.

“Manisha (Patel), Julie (Firebaugh) and Whitney (Brown) stepped up and Cassandra (Filip) did a good job filling in,” Waters said. “I'm proud of the way they played.”

Like their softball counterparts, the team went in short-handed with two starters academically ineligible and it hurt the team's chances for any success.

Patel had an outstanding outing in her final match with eight kills, two aces, three digs and five blocks. Firebaugh finished with five kills, an ace and two blocks. Brown had to fill in at one of the outside spots and finished with four kills, two aces, four digs and a block. Jessica Cate had four kills and four aces and Karlee Bohn had eight assists.

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