Lady War Eagles Fall to Undefeated Lady Highlanders

Photo courtesy of Chuck Briese

The playoff bound Lady War Eagle volleyball team gave as much resistance to state powerhouse The Woodlands at home last night as possible. Unfortunately, former SMU All-American Leslie Madison’s Lady Highlanders are a ridiculous team who sweep just about every team they play. Tuesday night was no different as Oak Ridge lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-16). Oak Ridge ended the regular season with an overall record of 28-11 and 6-6 in the district.

The Woodlands 31-2 and 12-0 in District 14-5A have a 54 set winning streak. You read that right as they have not lost a set in 18 matches. Maddie Slater had 20 kills. Courtney Eckenrode had 33 assists and Kelly Quinn had 20 digs.

After all was said and done for Oak Ridge, a major positive is Libero Whitney Wofford, who threw herself all over the court all night long. Wofford’s blue collar effort earned her 19 digs. Victoria Harris had seven kills and Nikki Testerman had six.

Oak Ridge Coach Tommie Sledge was pleased with her team’s effort, ““I feel like we competed. We’ve laid down in the past against The Woodlands,” Coach Sledge said. “I think we have some things to overcome and work on before the playoffs.”

Oak Ridge’s first playoff game is against Kingwood, October 30th, at 6pm at Caney Creek high school. The Woodlands will face either Klein or Atascosita. The site will be determined when the match-up is finalized.

Coach Sledge knows what’s in store for her team, “They’re very tough. I feel like their district is not as strong as ours though, so their district record doesn’t intimidate us,” Sledge said.

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If you missed last night’s game, here are a few photos from it.

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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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