Ten months have passed since the Carl Albert volleyball team last took the court. But the Lady Titans needed a little extra time Monday night in their season opener with Midwest
After a slow start, the Carl Albert reeled off three straight for a thrilling comeback win against their fellow Mid-Del school. The Lady Titans took the match 3-2 (17-25, 17-25, 25-9, 25-11, 15-11).
Head coach Toriano Lands was pleased with his team’s ability to make adjustments and overcome early mistakes.
“We had some pre-game jitters, but once we got settled in we made adjustments to the lineup,” Lands said. “We had more tempo and put our hitters in the right spot. You can’t make adjustments until you see it.”
Midwest City came out strong in the early goings, led by Kathryn Smith, Jayda Littleton and Charity Fair. The trio created a wall at the end and found holes in the Lady Titans defense. The Lady Bombers came from behind in the first set and cruised in the second.
“I have to give it up to Midwest City they came ready to play tonight,” Lands said. “Kat Smith and Jayda Littleton gave us all we could handle early on.”
The Lady Titans’ settled down in the third set. Mat Hunter served up six straight points to start the set and later put her team on top by double digits with a kill. Carl Albert finished the set on a 12-2 run for the 25-9 victory.
Hunter and Cali Walker carried the momentum into the fourth set. The pair combined for several kills and blocks. Walker delivered the final kill of the set for the 25-11 win.
Carl Albert started strong in the tiebreaker set, but their jitters resurfaced as they tried to close out the win. They missed on a few kills to help Midwest City stay in it. Hunter connected one final time for the 15-11 win.
“They were just chomping at the bit, still staying hungry which was a goal,” Lands said.
Hunter and Renee McBride-Rodgers had 10 kills apiece. Madi Schroeder led the team with 12 assists.
Carl Albert returned to action Tuesday night, but came up short on the road against Mount St. Mary’s (25-23, 25-16, 25-15).