Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Volleyball Season Ends with Close Match —By Laura Nelson on 11/09/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University volleyball team played their final season contest last night on their home court in a non-conference match against Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
The first set proved to be an exciting one as the lead changed hands several times, but six consecutive points at the end gave the Rangers the 25-18 win. NWOSU took command early in set two and led by as many as six points several times, but OPSU managed to shake off the mental mistakes and although they came within a point, the set went to the visitors, 25-23.
Their women's focus carried over into set three as the Aggies exploded, holding the Rangers to only six points for the entire set and taking the game to a fourth set. The home team went on the attack, scoring fourteen kills and forcing errors on the visitors. Helped out by her teammates, Redding went on an eight-serve run, resulting in seven consecutive points. The fourth set was another close one and the Rangers maintained a slim lead through most of it. With the score 24-18 Rangers, the Aggies again went on the attack, scoring five consecutive points to come within one. Unfortunately, NWOSU pushed back and won the final point to win the set 25-23 and the match 3-1. The women end their season 5-27 overall and 0-14 in conference play.
Head coach Mike Stephens has plans to improve next year's season. He has identified recruiting needs and continues to fill those. After the first of the year, the returning players will focus on weightlifting and conditioning and will also participate in some scrimmages.
Congratulations to seniors Michaela Redding and Alex Schmitt, who were honored for their contributions to the team prior to the first serve. Redding, an education major from Arlington, Texas, was escorted by her mother Cathy Redding and her father, Michael Redding and plans to teach nutrition and coach volleyball and track in high school. Schmitt, escorted by father Kevin, will graduate in May with a Health and Physical Education degree and the Kansas City, Mo. native plans to attend graduate school.