Lady War Eagles Fall to Kingwood in Playoffs

Photo courtesy of Chuck Briese

I am sad to report that the Oak Ridge Lady War Eagle volleyball team lost their 1st round playoff game to Kingwood at Caney Creek High School. Additionally, I am also sad to report that my truck decided to die on FM-1314 en route to the game.

While I was stuck on the side of the road, our girls fought gamely, as they had against powerhouse teams all season, but dropped the match 25-17, 25-23, and 25-17. They finished the season with a 29-12 record.

Our friend, Mike Taylor, of HCN (Houston Community Newspapers) was at the game last night and said this about Oak Ridge’s team:

The Lady War Eagles held only four leads all night — 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 in the first game, and 1-0 in the second — but finally put something together with a rally late in the second set.

Trailing 24-17, Oak Ridge scored six straight points on the strength of senior setter Bailey Sheranko’s serving.

Sheranko recorded one ace during that run, and kept Kingwood off balance. Amber Johnson, who finished with seven kills, had two spikes and Nikki Testerman added another before Howell ended the comeback and the game.

“Our offense came on,” Lady War Eagles coach Tommie Lynne Sledge said. “We were very dead coming out. It’s hard to get momentum going when we had no blocks. They could hit on us, they could tip on us — everything was a threat, and we didn’t adjust well to that in the first or third game at all.”

Victoria Harris led Oak Ridge with 13 kills and 16 digs while Sheranko dished out 26 assists and had 10 digs.

Whitney Wofford recorded 15 digs, and Testerman added eight kills and 11 digs.

“Our seniors always make a big impact,” Sledge said. “We’re going to miss a lot of heart and a lot of leadership, but I feel like we have good returning starters.

WORTHY OF NOTE:

This was Oak Ridge coach Tommie Lynn Sledge’s fifth year at the helm for the Lady War Eagles and needless to say she and her assistant coaches did an awesome job once again. Going 29-12 through a long VB season suffering multiple injuries is testament to the great job the coaches and the seniors did in the leadership department.

You could look back to every interview Coach Sledge had and not once will you ever see her using injuries for an excuse. The Lady War Eagles were all about team chemistry and it appeared as if the team had more fun than any other team in Coach Sledge’s time in charge. One subject she touched on all year was how good her senior leadership was and how much she will miss Taylor Chunn, Lauren Fernandez, Morgan Jones, Alie Mattingly, Abby Nowak, Amber Johnson and Bailey Sheranko.

Expect more success in the future out of the Lady War Eagle volleyball team with strong underclassmen returning and a talented junior high crop moving up to play for the high school program.

Comments to Doug Sarant at Doug@oakridgenow.com

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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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