Volleyball Falls to Rangers —By Laura Nelson on 10/10/2012 Alva, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University volleyball team had a solid start Tuesday night at Northwestern State Oklahoma State University in Alva, winning the first set and leading the second and third sets, but ultimately fell to the Rangers, 3-1.
A Sarah Koster kill got the Aggies started in set one, and the team went on the attack, earning five quick points with Koster serving. OPSU remained ahead the entire set, leading by as much as eight points and took the 25-21 win. They continued their pressure in set two, but the Rangers came from behind to tie it up and the lead continued to change hands until the final points of the game when several OPSU attack errors allowed NWOSU to pull ahead and get the 25-20 win.
In set three, the Aggies had an answer for every Ranger point and had it tied at seven all, but OPSU never led in that set or in set four and lost the match, 3-1. Competing in the Great American Conference in NAIA, this is the first volleyball team at Northwestern in 30 years.
Kayla Schwartz handed out 14 assists and Terra Madden had 13 while Alex Schmitt had 12 digs. Ranger Paola Turibio led both teams with 20 kills and her teammate Lacy Stewart had 18 while Erica Skipper and Shaina Eddings earned 11 and 9 for the Aggies, respectively.
The women play two matches at home this week. Thursday, Oct. 11 they face conference rival the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon, they play McMurry University.