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Rangers sweep Southern Arkansas Friday evening

 

October 13, 2019

Desiree Malicoat

Northwestern's Kiauna Clark keeps her eye on the ball during the Saturday game agaisnt University of Arkansas at Monticello. Kaitlyn Robinson serves during the Saturday game against University of Arkansas at Monticello, where Northwestern won 3-1.

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State rangers came in with vengeance after a tough loss Tuesday night. Rangers responded extremely well with a sweep of Southern Arkansas 3-0 [ 25-8, 25-19, 31-29]. NWOSU improves to 13-7 (4-2) while Southern Arkansas drop to 2-14 (0-6).

"I'm really excited to see us jump back into the win column after a tough loss to a very good team in SWOSU," Aubuchon said after the game. "That being said I couldn't be more proud of the team, not just in their efforts tonight but more in their determination. After our Tuesday loss we had planned to take Wednesday off, but our seniors felt that we needed to get back on the court immediately and we did. That is the kind of leadership we need, and it paid off tonight."

Kaydee Honeycutt led the way with 12 kills. Jennifer Eubanks and Kiauna Clark had 11 kills each while both had sensational hitting percentages of .500 and .450 respectively. Sydnee Miller had 11 digs to lead the team, and Kaitlyn Robinson had 37 of the teams 42 assists.

Rangers opened with a 7-1 run to take control of the set and never looked back. Northwestern took the set 25-8 which they never trailed in. NWOSU stayed in full control thanks to Clark and Honeycutt who had four kills each and did not allow Southern Arkansas to gain any momentum. Kaitlyn Robinson led the team as she earned eight assists. Rangers closed the set on a 9-2 run as Sydnee Miller finished it off with a service ace.

The Rangers rode the momentum from the first set to control the second and won 25-19. After they fell behind early 3-1, Rangers took over with an 8-0 run to make it 9-3 and never looked back from there.

The Red and Black used a balanced attack in the second set from Honeycutt, Clark, Kate Deterding and Eubanks with three, two, three and four kills for the match respectively. Miller contributed and led the team with seven digs. Deterding put the final touches on the set with her third kill of the game.

The third and final set was the most exciting. This set totaled 13 ties and 7 lead changes before the Rangers were able to seal the 31-29 victory. Rangers had three different players with five kills including Clark, Honeycutt, and Eubanks.

Desiree Malicoat

Kaydee Honeycutt blocks the University of Arkansas at Monticello offense. Northwestern's Braylee Stute spiked the ball to the University of Arkansas at Monticello players Saturday. Northwestern won 3-1.

Both teams struggled to find any type of momentum as they were trading point after point until Clark had a huge kill to grab a 30-29 lead. After a tough serve from Abby Davis caused an error from Southern Arkansas to give the Rangers the 31-29 win.

This win gives head coach Fred Aubuchon his 600th career coaching victory. "First, I couldn't be more excited than to reach this milestone with this amazing group of people that are incredibly dedicated to what we are doing as a team and program. Second, I feel blessed to have been coaching this long and I couldn't do this without the great support I receive from my wife and daughter as well as all the great players and assistants I have had the honor of working with."

The Rangers will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they take on Great American Conference foe Arkansas-Monticello. The first serve is scheduled for noon.

"At this time there is no looking forward. There is only the moment and we need to regroup and get ready for another conference match at noon tomorrow," said Coach Aubuchon on the quick turnaround.

 

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