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Oologah hosts volleyball regional

[ 0 ] October 2, 2013 |

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor

The Lady Mustang volleyball team keeps breaking through barriers this season.

The Lady Mustangs have recorded their first winning season since reviving the program. Oologah’s top ten ranking earned the Lady Mustangs home court advantage in the first round of playoffs.

Oologah is ranked #9 with a 20-7 record. The Lady Mustangs will host a 4A regional this Thursday.

“We’re having a great season. It’s quite an honor to host a regional,” said Oologah first year head coach Lawrence Skimbo.

The regional is single elimination. Oologah has a bye in the first round. Coach Skimbo thinks his team will probably face Metro Christian in the semi-finals at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Lady Mustangs will be looking for revenge after losing to Metro Christian twice during the regular season. In the bottom of the bracket, Catoosa is the highest ranked team at #11.

“We’re in the toughest regional in the east. Whoever makes it out of our regional is going to be tough to handle at state. They’ll be well prepared,” coach Skimbo said. “We have to beat two really good teams to win the regional but we’ve got just as good a chance as anybody.”

A solid group of seniors have helped Oologah turn into a winning program this season. Courtney Sappington, Leslie Gibson, Kirsten Scarsdale, Kelsey Garrison and Taylor Stevens have anchored the team on and off the court this year.

“We have five seniors that are five great leaders. That’s how you win 20 games or more,” Skimbo said. “They’ve built our program and they’ve definitely left their mark.”

Coach Skimbo wants his team to make full use of the home court advantage. He would like to see Oologah fans pack the stands Thursday to cheer on the Lady Mustangs in their quest for state.

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