Oklahoma Panhandle State University
OPSU Volleyball Falls Short in Championship Match By Justine Gaskamp on 09/09/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University volleyball team took second place in the Aggies Challenge Tournament this weekend after playing four very competitive matches.
The tournament started for the Aggies on Friday, Sept. 6 as they took on the Lady Eagles of Southwestern Christian University in the second match of the day. OPSU easily won the first set 25-14 and then battled through sets two and three winning 25-23 and 25-21. Their next match-up on Friday was against The University of the Southwest Mustangs who swept the Aggies in three sets and came out as the tournament champions.
Day two began with an OPSU victory in the third match against Huston-Tillotson College where the Aggies had to fight back after losing the first set 21-25. The Aggies finished the match strong winning the next three sets against the Lady Rams. The championship round was an exciting re-match versus The University of the Southwest ; though the Aggies played hard and never quit, they lost in three straight sets 25-17, 26-24, and 25-22. Huston-Tillotson fell to Southwestern Christian in the consolation match.
Junior hitter Shaina Eddings led the team with 34 kills and 4 blocks for the weekend and freshman setter Skylar Mayeux made a strong debut with 79 total assists. Other Aggies that stood out were junior hitter Sarah Koster who brought in 45 total points and sophomore Samantha McCay with 29 total digs; freshman libero Nicole Fournier brought in an impressive 35 digs. The Aggies showed grit and determination throughout the tournament and look to produce an exciting season.
OPSU volleyball head coach Mike Stephens said "We're very pleased with the team's progress thus far. Our first goal was to make the finals of the tournament which we were able to achieve. We fell short of winning the championship match but we played well." Stephens feels that the team has made vast improvements and said that "this team is determined to improve and just never quits."
The Aggies take their show on the road this week when they play the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on Thursday, Sept. 12 followed by a tri-match in Arkadelphia, Ark. versus Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State; they continue on the Dallas, Texas to play Dallas Baptist University. Their next home match will be Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Oscar Williams Field House against Lubbock Christian University.