UNION CITY —
It took a spirited comeback from the Chickasha Volleyball team Thursday to snatch a victory on the road against Union City. After trailing by a score of 2-1, the Lady Chicks fought back bravely to pull out the win, 27-25, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-8.
“Chickasha is tough. Coach [Nancy] Waters has her girls organized and ready to fight,” Union City head coach Daniel Anderson said.
Chickasha struggled early in this match and found itself down 12-2 early in game one. At that point, Waters called a timeout and ordered her girls to start running.
“Our girls came out real lackadaisical and they didn’t look ready to play,” Waters said. “When they are not ready to play I make them run.”
The Lady Chicks responded to Waters’ team talk and came back to tie and eventually win game one thanks to some tremendous defense by junior libero Rory Troub. Troub finished the match with 11 digs, the most of any player on either team. Devyn Crosley also had 10 digs for the Lady Chicks.
Chickasha fans traveled in large numbers to see the game, but if they thought their team would run away with things after game one, they were mistaken. Union City rallied and took games two and three, much to Anderson's delight.
“I thought we played really well to get ourselves ahead in the match. It was just unfortunate that we couldn’t make the key plays down the stretch to pull out a victory,” Anderson said.
Chickasha won the crucial fourth game after it looked like either side could take it. The Lady Chicks were able to hold their nerve, with the game tied at 22 they rattled of three straight points to even the match at two games all.
“We showed a lot of character to come back in what was a tricky match. The conditions were a little difficult for the girls but we don’t make excuses. It was the same for both teams,” Waters said, referring to the lack of air conditioning in the gym.
In the fifth and final game, Chickasha looked like a different team. Every spike was coming down hard and every dig was coming up safe. Chloe Reyes and Ashley Hannah took charge for the Lady Chicks with seven kills each.
“This win means everything to us because it is our first of the season. Now we have a foundation that we can build on and hopefully continue to get better in our upcoming games,” Waters said.
Chickasha is scheduled to play Carl Albert at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chickasha High School.