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Oran wins home opener

Friday, September 17, 2010

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Oran's Amanda Young hits the ball as teammates Molly Cook (1) and Brandi Emerson (3) look on Thursday night against New Madrid County Central. Brent Shipman, Staff
ORAN -- After a 25-22 first set loss to visiting New Madrid County Central, Oran bounced back to sweep the final two sets 25-22, 25-20 winning their home opener Thursday night.

"I thought they played really, really well," Oran coach Sara Heisserer said. "A lot of times we kind of buckled under pressure, but I thought we maintained it today."

Tied at a set apiece, Oran opened the third set going on a 6-1 rally aided in part by two kills from Kali Mills.

NMCC rallied back to bring the game to 10-points each ending the streak on a three-point run that was capped by Michaela Townsend's ace serve tying the game.

From that point on the two teams would stay within three-points of each other with Oran always holding a slight lead until late in the match.

It was Oran going on a five-point run while up 19-18 that was the deciding factor.

Following one last late NMCC point, Molly McConnell wrapped up the win with a kill for Oran's 25th and final point.

"I'm a little disappointed," NMCC coach Jenny Sexton. "Our girls played great. Both teams did. We had a little let down at the end. A missed call really and the girls just couldn't overcome it.

"No excuse, but they have to learn to overcome it."

Leading NMCC on the front lines in the match, Kelly Robey had a team high seven kills on the game to go along with four blocks while Townsend came away with an ace while contributing 11 assists.

As for Oran, Cheyanne King played a big part in her teams win with a total of nine kills, four aces and 4 digs. Other top performers on the team include Mills with eight kills, two aces and a dig and Amanda Young, who had three kills, and ace and three digs.

The win evens Oran record on the season as the Lady Eagles improve to 2-2-2 while NMCC drops to 2-6-2 on their campaign.

Earlier in the evening, the two schools jayvee also took their match to three sets, this time with NMCC coming out on top 25-15, 17-25 and 25-15.

Oran was led by Stephanie Markham who had four kills, and ace and three digs.

Next up, NMCC will visit South Pemiscot Monday at 6 p.m. while Oran will travel to Scott City to play the Lady Rams Tuesday at 6 p.m.