By: Virgil Noah, Staff Writer
The Charles Page High School Varsity volleyball team (21-11) made easy work of the Booker T. Washington (8-17) winning the match in three sets. The No. 16 Lady Sandites are coming off an impressive showing in the Port City Classic where they went 6-2 including a victory over 4A No. 1 Metro Christian Academy (28-6). The Sand Springs girls also have upset victories over No. 10 Union High School (8-10) and No. 14 Bixby High School (10-10).
Strong offense by the Lady Sandites and a plague of errors by Booker T. led to a 10-7 Sand Springs lead. Six straight points for CPHS made the lead 16-7. The two teams went back and forth over the ensuing volleys and the Sandites were able to stretch the lead to 23-15 before the Lady Hornets began to make a comeback. A pair of aces and a bundle of errors allowed BTW to trim the lead to a mere four points, but the Sandites would pull out the win 25-20. Gloria Mutiri and Holly Kersgieter combined for seven kills, while Madison Burris and MaKenzie Ward did the bulk of the setting with seven assists between them.
The first game would prove to be the closest of the night, as in game two Sand Springs ripped off 14 out of the first 18 points, and cruised to a 25-14 win behind another five kills from Mutiri including a pair of aces. Ward added five more assists in the set.
The third and final set resulted in another 25-14 victory by the Sandites as errors weighed down Booker T. and the Lady Sandites were able to capitalize. Kersgieter and Devree Youngblood had four kills each in the final game, and Mutiri added three. Mutiri led the way for Sand Springs with 12 kills and 7 digs, Kersgieter finished with 9 kills, Youngblood with 7, and Ward had 12 assists on the evening.
Next up for Booker T. Washington is 5A Edison Prep (8-22). The Lady Sandites will return to action at home on Tuesday against No. 7 Broken Arrow High School (17-5). The match will begin at 6:00 p.m.