Cascia Hall coach Jenny Pearson said Tuesday night’s Skiatook sweep was a solid start to the Commandos’ 2022 volleyball season.
“We had some great seniors who left last year, so it was nice to see them fill those shoes,” Pearson said, “and they know they have a lot of hard work ahead of them, but it’s was a good start to the season.”
The Commandos trailed 5-3 early in the first set, but a quick 10-1 run gave Cascia the lead for good. The Commandos only had three service errors.
“I emphasize serve, serve-receive, so we know you can’t win a game without either of those things,” Pearson said. “Our service-reception was probably one of our strengths since we focused on that.”
Pearson was particularly impressed with Landrey Hill, Ramsey Wagner, Claire Woodward and Lauren Ferrari.
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“They stepped in, they showed they were playing with persistence even though there were probably some nerves there,” Pearson said. “I have two freshmen that we are developing and a second as well…it was nice to see them get on the floor and show me what they had.”
Skiatook coach Jamie Long saw positives in the loss.
“I think it was a really good game individually, and since it’s our start to the season, you never know what to expect,” Long said. “Especially against a team that was a state finalist the year before. … Honestly, I’m really looking forward to the next two days of practice.
Long credited senior defensive specialists Cheyenne Mills and Mattie Teeter for their play.
“They’re fighting for playing time a little bit right now, and I think they’ve both been playing really, really well,” Long said, “and I’ve got hitters who were able to get the ball in. game… Kaylee Utley is my only sophomore on the team, and I really felt like she rose to the challenge and played well today.
Cascia has a busy week ahead of him. The Commandos travel to Collinsville at 7 p.m. Thursday, then host a rematch against Skiatook on Friday to open the two-day Commando Shootout.
Pearson said she would remain focused on serving and serving-receiving.
“We still have to be better in this area. It’s always our focus moving forward,” Pearson said.