By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The first week of the new season was a big one for the Midwest City volleyball team.
The Lady Bombers won their season opener and claimed the silver bracket title at the Putnam City Tournament.
Midwest City started the season Aug. 8 against Putnam City North. They bounced back from a shaky start for a 3-1 win (20-25, 25-18, 25-9, 26-24) over North. Coach Matti Dix said the team struggled with their serves and connection with the middles early on.
“They knew they needed to step it up a notch if we wanted to clinch that open season win and that’s exactly what they did,” Dix said.
Putnam City North had a tough time with Midwest City’s offensive attack in the final sets.
“Once we got into that second set and the third set, they started serving aggressively, and it really helped getting them out of system,” Dix said. “I’m so proud of them and their hard work after losing the first set and coming back and winning the next three.”
Midwest City traveled to the Putnam City Tournament on Saturday. They went 3-1-1 in the tournament and finished first in the silver division.
“I am super proud of the girls for finishing strong and winning a trophy for the program,” Dix said. “It’s been a long time since varsity has won first in either bracket at a tournament, so it was a special moment for me. It’s my first trophy as a high school coach as well so that holds a special place in my heart and it’s huge for the Midwest City volleyball program.”
Midwest City went 1-1-1 in pool play. They beat Douglass, lost to the OKC Storm and split with Putnam City. Teams played only two sets in the pool play games.
“The girls came out and didn’t play too well the first game against the Storm, but we slowly started to find our groove against Douglass and PCO in bracket play,” Dix said. “And we didn’t let down once we found our pace.”
The Lady Bombers moved on to the silver bracket later in the day. They beat Lawton Eisenhower and Douglass for the silver bracket trophy.
Trinnati Allen was voted to the all-tournament team for her consistent play throughout the day. Junior Amariyah Morris also shined for Midwest City.
Midwest City will compete in the Carl Albert Tournament this weekend.