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Rangers sweep in big Halloween game


November 3, 2019

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers earned their fourth straight Great American Conference volleyball match from Southeastern Oklahoma State and improved their home record to an astounding 8-0 for the 2019 season. Despite SOSU's previous record it was not an easy sweep for Northwestern but rather a hard-fought win [25-22, 25-20, 25-22]. The Black and Red used attacks and more stellar defense as they out-blocked the Savage Storm 16-4.

Senior Kiauna Clark continued with another high kill mark of 12 kills for the Rangers. She earned a .296 hit percentage with two blocks. Kate Deterding had a dominant game with 8 kills of her own with three blocks. Jennifer Eubanks and Kaydee Honeycutt earned 7 while freshman Alexi Beach led the team with six total blocks. Kaitlyn Robinson earned 4 kills throughout the match with 28 assists in the match while Sydnee Miller tallied a team-leading 13 digs.

Northwestern jumped to an early lead with a five-point run to make the score 5-2. It was back-and-forth from there with the Savage Storm until back-to-back kills from Clark gave the Black and Red the momentum they were searching for. A late five point run from Southeastern made the set close but some key errors and a beautiful service ace from Miller gave the Rangers the first set 25-22.

As they rode the momentum from the last set, Northwestern snatched the lead early and never let go. Key attacks from Deterding and Claire Hodges gave way to a four-point final run to secure the second set easily 25-20.

The third set turned out to be a battle of wills as the Savage Storm jumped out to an early lead. Northwestern, however, would not be thwarted. A back-and-forth battle between the two teams allowed Percefull Fieldhouse to swing into full force on Halloween evening.

As the crowd got into the match the Black and Red offense began to show. Kills from Clark and Deterding proved to be huge as they took a 23-18 lead. A final service error from the Savage Storm brought the crowd to a roar as the Rangers snagged the last match 25-22.

The Black and Red are scheduled to hit the road to Bethany for an away match against Southern Nazarene. The first serve will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.


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