Volleyball: No. 11 Mustang collapses down the stretch in four-set loss to No. 7 Norman

Rylee Nickels (Jr.) goes to spike a ball during a match earlier this year. Nickels finished with a team-high 12 kills in Mustang's loss to Norman Tuesday. (File Photo/Shelly Holinsworth)

Rylee Nickels (Jr.) goes to spike a ball during a match earlier this year. Nickels finished with a team-high 12 kills in Mustang’s loss to Norman Tuesday. (File Photo/Shelly Holinsworth)

 

MUSTANG – No. 11 Mustang came in looking for respect against No. 11 Norman.

The Broncos (10-4) ran off six straight wins last week, but didn’t move out of their spot in the second week of OSSAA rankings. And after a four-set loss to the Tigers (9-3) Tuesday inside the Event Center, it is not likely Mustang will be cracking the top-10 this week.

The two teams battled in the first set, Mustang pulling to a lead midway through before a 23-23 deadlock where Norman scored two straight points to take a 1-0 lead. The Broncos connected on 18 of 20 serves in the set while Kylee Wickersham (Fr.) led the attack with four of her six kills.mus-2016-09-8-a-009

Another battle ensued in the second set, this time with Mustang pulling away at the end. The Broncos scored five of the last six points to win 25-22 and tie the match 1-1. 15 of Mustang’s 43 kills came in the set, led by Rylee Nickels (Jr.) with five and Merin McDaniel (So.) with three. Morgandy Haggard (Sr.) and Lauren Chan (Sr.) combined for 11 assists.

Norman dominated the third and fourth sets on rout to the win. The won each set, 25-12 while Mustang committed 18 of its 38 errors and seven missed serves down the stretch.

Nickels led Mustang with 12 kills while Wickersham, Tiera Misuraca (Sr.) and Melinda Stewart (Sr.) each finished with six. Haggard led the way with 16 assists while Chan finished with 13. Cait Bosarge (Sr.) kept the team afloat defensively with 22 of the team’s 73 digs.

Mustang hits the road for two straight matches at Midwest City (2-8) on Thursday and at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6-2) Tuesday before returning home against Class 4A No. 3 Christian Heritage Academy (7-3) on Sept. 12.

 

Trey Hunter is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He has covered Mustang High School sports for three years in an editorial role and has covered Oklahoma high school sports for the last five years. He can be reached by phone at (405) 659-9898 or by email at sports@mustangnews.info.

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