Volleyball Batters Southeast Oklahoma

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It is not often that a timeout has a great impact on the outcome of a game. Tuesday night in the Burg Center, Cathy Ray Kokel used two timeouts that altered her team’s play and led the Lady Patriots to a 3-0 sweep of the Savage Storm of Southeastern Oklahoma.

The match opened with long rallies and inspired play as the Lady Patriots found themselves tied at 20 after a Krystal Wunderlich kill. Another Wunderlich kill gave DBU a two point cushion and they went on to win Game 1, 25-21. “I think Krystal has emerged as a leader over the last few weeks,” said Kokel. “She’s been playing great and has really taken on the role we’ve asked her to fill.”

Game 2 started as a back-and-forth battle before a Kristin Secord kill gave the Lady Patriots a 9-8 advantage. At one point, DBU scored six straight points and 8 of 9 to pull ahead, 13-9. They were seemingly in command of the second game after leading, 21-17, but SEO roared back to tie it at 21. That’s when Kokel had seen enough and called her first timeout of the night. “I thought we lost focus on our goal to stay aggressive the whole match,” she recalled. “We talked about it and the girls responded. We got back to being aggressive and that led us back to playing the way we wanted to play.” DBU scored 4 of the next 5 points and won Game 2, 25-22.

The Lady Patriots kept the momentum into Game 3 and led 7-1 to open the scoring. They got the lead up to as high as ten points at 18-8 but the Savage Storm scored four straight to make it 18-12. That’s when Kokel used her second timeout. “We lost focus. We started getting chirpy and cocky and we wanted to get them back to finishing the game,” she said. And finish it they did by completing the sweep, 25-19.

“A lot of people have had a chance to play these last couple weeks because of some injuries. Because of that, we have a lot of people on our team who we trust. Cameron [Hartson] has been great as usual and we can also rely on Sarah Black – who has saved us in a way. This last week has given us confidence. We have won three in a row and we have played well doing it. We are looking forward to Thursday at Fort Smith.”

The Lady Patriots do return to action Thursday night as they travel to Arkansas – Fort Smith to face the second place team in the