Lady Volleyballers Come Back, Dig Out Huge Win Against Conroe

Photo courtesy of Chuck Briese (more photos below)

Before a raucous crowd at Oak Ridge High School, The Lady War Eagle volleyball team pulled out a nail biter in five sets over Conroe, 3-2 (25-22,20-25,23-25,25-21,19-17).

Whitney Wofford had 33 digs and Victoria Harris registered 24 vicious kills. Alie Mattingly served up three loners and also had several kills to include a huge strike in the last set. At 14-15 of the final set, Mattingly hammered one home to keep the Lady War Eagles alive enabling Oak Ridge (24-6, 2-1) to eventually win by the slimmest of margins.

Assist machine Bailey Sheranko leads Oak Ridge in assists as she continues to play as if she has ice in her veins.

This was a huge win for Oak Ridge and they did it without the services of one of their best players, Amber Johnson. Johnson injured her ankle in a practice leading up to the College Park loss. Coach Sledge indicated that Amber will be back soon but is being kept off the court for precautionary reasons as the coach wants her back going full strength for the stretch run.

Oak Ridge eked out the first set after Conroe had tied it up at 22. In winning the next three points, the Lady War Eagles were handling the pressure. Not to be outdone, the Lady Tigers came back to win the next two sets.

In winning the final two pressure packed sets, Oak Ridge proved they can pull out a close one. After having lost to College Park in a match they let slip away, The Lady War Eagles hung tough and are playing solidly leading up to the heart of the 14-5A schedule.

Worthy of note:

With Amber Johnson out, Taylor Chunn is making the most of her extended PT. In the final set, Chunn served like a veteran and had a huge block to keep the Lady War Eagles alive.

The Oak Ridge and Conroe cheering sections rocked the house. For Oak Ridge, school spirit was at an all time high as the student section carried the girls to victory. At one point, a Conroe player palmed a ball motivating the referee to give the point to Oak Ridge and for the next minute, the students chanted, “YOU can’t do that! YOU can’t do that!” After a Harris slam, it was, “In your face! In your face!”

Alie Mattingly can sky! The girl can probably dunk a basketball or at least get up to the rim.

Whitney Wofford got dirty all night long but nothing was bigger than her two digs with Oak Ridge down match point two separate times.

Referee’s comments after the game: “This was the best played match I’ve seen all season and I don’t think it can be topped. Back and forth, back and forth these girls kept going at each other all night long. It’s a shame someone had to lose.”

Coach Sledge’s comments: “The College Park loss was a speed bump and we continue to play consistent Oak Ridge basketball. I like our chances against everyone. Several players are stepping up now while Amber is out and it’s a total team effort.”

Next up for Oak Ridge is an away tilt on Friday with A&M Consolidated who defeated College Park Tuesday night. In other action Tuesday night, The Woodlands shut out Kingwood.

See you in College Station Friday night!

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com.

If you were not able to attend Tuesday night’s game, here are a few photos that capture what went on.  

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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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