Lady War Eagles Drop Heartbreaker to College Park

The Alyssa McNeely/Emily Thorson-led College Park Lady Cavaliers defeated the more talented Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles 3-2 (23-25,25-11,25-23,23-25,15-11) Tuesday night at College Park High School.

McNeely and Thorson had 17 kills apiece in overseeing a balanced attack as Cori Schrier had 14 digs while Hannah Erwin led all dishers with 30.

The Lady War Eagles received strong performances from Victoria Harris, who led the floor with 25 kills, and Nikki Testerman, who led all players with 17 digs.

College Park leveled out their overall record at 13-13 (1-0) in capturing their District 14-5A opener. Oak Ridge (22-6) dropped to 1-1 in the district in a match that saw the Lady War Eagles lose one they should have conquered. The Lady War Eagles are more talented up and down the roster but College Park’s experience in big games was the difference maker in this one.

With the Lady War Eagles talent level, given a little more time and experience Oak Ridge will be learning how to win big games like the College Park match where they had CP down 10-7 in the fifth set only to watch the Lady Cavs rattle off eight of the last nine points to close out the contest.

On Friday night, Oak Ridge hosts non-district foe, Westfield, at home while CP is on the road in Conroe.

The Lady War Eagles learned from an experienced winner in College Park and now it’s their turn to take district foes to school. Westfield will be a nice tune-up on Friday.

See ya Friday night!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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