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Opp’s Caiden Harrell (8) and Morgan Simmons (2) goes for the ball Saturday at the Class 3A South Super Regional Volleyball Tournament. | Andrew Garner/Star-News
Opp’s Caiden Harrell (8) and Morgan Simmons (2) goes for the ball Saturday at the Class 3A South Super Regional Volleyball Tournament. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Lady Bobcats fall at regional

Published 12:01am Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MONTGOMERY — Opp’s volleyball season came to an end Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A South Super Regional Tournament at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.

The Lady Bobcats didn’t play with their normal aggressive style against Cottage Hill Christian Academy as they suffered a 17-25, 10-25, 25-27 loss to the Lady Warriors.

Throughout the match, CHCA was in full control at the net and on serve with Hannah Wentland leading the pack. Wentland dominated at the net, getting 23 kills to lead the Lady Warriors.

OHS volleyball coach Christie Spurlin said her girls played tough.

“They got it together in the third game, just about like last year,” Spurlin said.

Last season, OHS found itself down 2-0 to CHCA, and came back and tied it up to force a fifth game, where it lost by four points.

OHS took an early lead in the first set on Saturday, but found itself trailing two points later. From there, the Lady Bobcats couldn’t recover for the rest of the set.

The Lady Bobcats led early again in the second set, only to see a 8-21 deficit late amidst confusion on the court. CHCA took advantage of some open space near the net to score some easy points.

In the third set, OHS found itself down again at 5-0, and later on, cut the game to 7-9 on a Laiken Free kill.

With a 14-11 lead, Opp was starting to get its groove back in the third set. CHCA took a well-time timeout and came out to go on a 7-0 run to lead 19-16 down the stretch.

The set was close until the very end, where Opp had one set point slip away.

It was in the third set that the Lady Bobcats played a little more aggressive, Spurlin said.

“The girls just kind of learned what they were doing,” the coach said. “We were doing what we had to do to get it. That one rotation with (Wentland); we knew as long as she was there, and when she wasn’t was when we tried to rack up on points. We had to do all we could while she was back there.”

The Lady Bobcats finished the season 25-6.

Spurlin said she told the girls there’s no reason to “hold their heads down.”

“We’ve had a great season all year,” she said.

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