Hornet Volleyball travels to Kittitas for exciting match

Oroville's Rebekkah McCoy, a junior, goes up for a block against Bridgeport in a match Tuesday, Oct. 6 on the Mustang's home court. Although the Lady Hornets lost, their coach described tit as one of the best games played all season. Photo by John Clevela

Oroville’s Rebekkah McCoy, a junior, goes up for a block against Bridgeport in a match Tuesday, Oct. 6 on the Mustang’s home court. Although the Lady Hornets lost, their coach described tit as one of the best games played all season. Photo by John Clevela

KITTITAS – The Lady Hornets hit the road for a close match against the Lady Coyotes of Kittitas n Saturday, Oct. 10.

“[It was] an extremely exciting game to be proud of. Although the scores showed the win going to the Coyotes, the Hornets were victorious due to determination, teamwork, desire and fun,” said Assistant Coach Stancey Nutt.

The varsity set scores were 13-25, 8-25 and 10-25.

“The Hornets have made such improvement that the opposing team was amazed. The Lady Hornets received many well deserved compliments,” added Nutt

Jasmine Nutt, Melanie Thompson, Mariah Brown, Fernanda Perez and Hayley Gerkin, all had 100 percent serves and Kendra Wyatt, Jessica Hutsell, Justyce Olson, Brittany Buckmiller, Terra Mullikin and Tosca Pickering also did well with their serves.

Spectacular net play from Mo Pensioi Bensaenphaen, Fernanda Perez, Jasmine Nutt, Mariah Brown, Heather Galvan, Kendra Wyatt, Cassie Orlando, and Justyce Olson caused the coaches to jump out of their seats.

“There are not enough words to express the coaches’ pride and excitement in every single OHS volleyball player,” said the coach. “Everyone had fun and did exceptionally well, and that is all that is important.”

Nutt said this game proved the OHS volleyball team’s motto this year that “No matter the score, no one can beat us,” adding the girls demonstrated more teamwork on this trip than they have all season and it makes the rest of the season look bright and positive.

For the junior varsity and C squad matches the set scores were: JV 10-25, 8-25 and 21-25; C squad 22-25 and 9-25.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6 the Lady Hornet volleyball team traveled to Bridgeport. The numbers on the board were 18-25, 12-25 and 9-25.

“These numbers did not show the game that was played. Oroville pulled together and made a corner turn to produce good team work, not giving up and probably one of the best games played as a team by the squad this season. They found the fun in competition,” Nutt said.

The junior varsity came home victorious with four sets played. 25-22, 25-16, 13-25 and 27-25.

In the previous week Oroville hosted Waterville on Saturday, Oct. 1, but failed to capitalize on a home court advantage.

“The Lady Hornets came out strong and played hard but just never quite got to the sweet harmony of teamwork that they are capable of,” the coach said.

Waterville went home with the first three sets for the game. The games were exciting and the Hornets did good back row hits and had some awesome saves, however serves and attitude really hurt the Hornets. The final score was 22-25, 10-25 and 20-25.

OHS vs Liberty Bell 9/29

Oroville finished out September with a close match that went four sets against Liberty Bell. On Tuesday Sept. 29 the Hornets hosted the Lady Mountain Lions.

“The Oroville Hornets started out strong and played with enthusiastic teamwork.They were covering all areas, moving like a ballet and took the victory for the first set, 25 to 21,” said Coach Nutt.

The second set started well then took to a gradual decline, as the Hornets tensed up and slowed on calling the ball and showed sluggish movement.

“Although the Hornets lost their team rhythm, they never stopped trying,” said Nutt. The next three sets went to the liberty bell lions, 19-25, 3-25 and 15-25.

The J.V. was excited to finally have their third game of the season. Although the flu has taken the team’s numbers down, the Lady Hornets went out there with promising determination and enthusiasm and finished three sets with a score of 16-25, 23-25 and 10-25.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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