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Scott City rolls past Oran in straight sets

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Katie Hogan (11) of Scott City goes up to block a shot from Kali Mills (12) of Oran on Tuesday. Brent Shipman, Staff
ORAN -- Despite a strong start to the first game on Tuesday, the Oran Lady Eagles couldn't deny the undefeated Scott City Lady Rams their 13th win, falling in straight sets 25-9, 25-9.

"In the first game, the first five or six points, they played awesome," Oran coach Sara Heisserer said. "We were down a couple and then we actually came back and took the lead at one point.

"Going in to the game, I hate to sell them short, but I didn't think that would happen."

In that early rally, the Lady Eagles were trailing 4-2 when a they rallied for three straight points to take their only lead of the night. Molly Webb was able to knock down a kill to tie the game before an ace from Taylor Nenninger put Oran ahead 5-4.

Undefeated for a reason, however, the Lady Rams quickly responded to the challenge by regaining the lead on the next two points before going on a 14-point rally to take a commanding 20-6 advantage.

During the run, server Mikah Simpson dropped in four aces while Katie Hogan dropped in a kill and helped Heather Keesee block an Oran kill for another point.

Scott City worked their way to set point, before securing the win on a missed serve by the Lady Eagles.

Taking their momentum into the second game, the Lady Rams rolled to a 16-1 lead to open the set. Hogan contributed four kills during the span while Simpson notched three aces.

Though Oran called a timeout at 15-1 to regroup, Scott City was able to coast into match point at 24-9 where Katie Rhymer sealed the game with a kill from the left side of the net.

"The first set, the first few points I was extremely pleased and then I think they kind of fizzled out," Heisserer said. "Then in the second game we just didn't come out ready. We lost focus and were flustered."

For her team's part, Lady Ram's coach Erin Hoffman was pleased to see there was no drop of in intensity after their first set win, which is something she said they've had trouble with in the past.

"I mention it every single time and that's second game syndrome," Hoffman said. "You beat a team and you come out the next game, you're too relaxed and I don't feel like they did that tonight.

"That's something we're trying to work on is playing from point one all the way to the end of the game."

After a slow start to the game, Hoffman credited the strong serving performance of Simpson, who was 22 for 22 behind the line with 10 aces, in helping the keep get things rolling in both sets.

"I think it was Mikah Simpson's serve that kind of allowed us to take off a little bit," she said. "She's good and aggressive. I always preach to them to go after the other team. be aggressive, go after them and see if they return the favor and come after you.

"If you go after them then you're going to have a high success rate. So Micah really went after them with her serve tonight."

Leading Scott City in kills was Hogan with eight while Simpson contributed four. Sydney Short had a team-high 13 assists.

For the Lady Eagles, Webb, Addie Kielhofner and Allie Cummins had two kills each while Stephanie Markham had a pair of aces.

Earlier in the evening it was Oran's junior varsity coming away with a come from behind win over Scott City's junior varsity, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19.

Scott City (13-0) will host Sikeston on Thursday at 6 p.m. while Oran (1-6) will host Woodland on Friday at 6 p.m.

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