CPHS Volleyball: Sandites fall 3-0 to No. 5 Stillwater in Regional Championship

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SHS 3 CPHS 0
Set One: 
SHS 25-18
Set Two: SHS 25-22
Set Three: SHS 25-19

Kills: SHS 31, CPHS 22.
Blocks: SHS 4, CPHS 3.
Aces: SHS 7, CPHS 6.
Service Errors: SHS 8, CPHS 4.

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In the eleventh game of the season, the Sandites came back from an 0-2 deficit to win 3-2 against the No. 5 team in Class 6A. Unfortunately, that was a once-in-a-season type of comeback. The No. 12 ranked Charles Page High School varsity volleyball team (16-17) saw their season come to an end with a valiant last stand at No. 5 Stillwater (26-7) in the Regional Championship finals. Kansas State-commit Gloria Mutiri led her team with 18 kills, Madison Burris had 18 assists, Madison Ward and Kylie Taylor had six digs apiece, and Makenzie Ward had three aces.

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The Sandites kept up with their foes well throughout the beginning of set one, drawing first blood with a kill from Cloe Campfield. Sophomore standout McKenzie Vilade gave her team a 2-1 lead with an ace, Mutiri retaliated with back-to-back kills with assists from Burris, then Lauren Phillips and Neely Holt combined for a block. Mutiri scored a kill, Orianna Clements retaliated, Burris scored on a tip, Clements retaliated, then the Pioneers went on a six point run for an insurmountable 11-6 lead. The Sandites tried to rally with five-straight late in the game to make it 18-15, but the home team outpaced then from there to win 25-18.

The Sandites jumped out to big lead early in game two, winning five straight rallies with a pair of aces from Makenzie Ward to make it 7-2. They held their lead till the Pioneers won six straight to take the lead at 17-15. Mutiri scored a kill and a block for an 18-17 lead, the Pioneers briefly tied it again, then Mutiri scored two straight kills and Makenzie Ward served an ace to make it 21-18. Ward's next serve went OB and Vilade killed to make it 21-20, Mutiri notched another point, then the home team went on a five point run for the win.

Sand Springs got out to a quick lead in game three with a four-point run capped by an ace from Madison Blaylock. The Pioneers responded with a six point streak starring Lauren Phillips, who hit three aces, one kill, and one assist for a 9-7 lead. Sand Springs tied it up at 14-14 with an ace fromTaylor but never managed to take the lead. They cut it to 19-22 before the Pioneers went on a three point run for the win. 

Sand Springs Individual Statistics

Kills: Mutiri 18, Campfield 2, Burris 1, Cypert 1.
Assists: Burris 18, Mutiri 1, Blaylock 1.
Blocks: Mutiri 1, Cypert 1, Burris 1, Neely 1.
Digs: Madison Ward 6, Taylor 6, Makenzie Ward 4, Campfield 1, Burris 1, Mutiri 1. 
Aces: Makenzie Ward 3, Taylor 2, Mutiri 1.

Stillwater Individual Statistics

Kills: Kloos 7, Vilade 7, Clements 6, Holt 5, Riley 4, Phillips 2.
Assists: Phillips 12, Vilade 6.
Blocks: Phillips 2, Holt 2, Clements 1, Riley 1, Kloos 1.
Aces: Phillips 3, Vilade 3, Riley 1, Lynch 1.