Miller volleyball grabs win at Piedmont

Haley Kusik (3) returns the ball during a recently volleyball game. Hattie Hughs (10) was waiting to set up a return. The Millers are now 5-5 on the season and were to play Norman on Tuesday. They face Moore on Thursday. Photo / Terry Groover

The Yukon High School volleyball team continues to show improvement, even with two of its normal starters sidelined with injuries.
The Millers defeated Piedmont in four games Thursday.
Yukon won 25-16, 27-25, 14-25, 25-11.
Coach Rachel Allred said she is seeing improvement in the play of her team, especially in later sets.
“We played our best in Set 4,” Allred said. “Be really got off in Set 3,” she said.
The team’s 25-11 fourth set victory was impressive.
“It was good example of refocusing and staying determined. We got into the mode of waiting for Piedmont to make a mistake instead of us fighting to earn each point,” Allred said.
That is a habit the team needs to avoid, the coach said.
“We want to get out of that habit and really focus on playing with consistency,” she said.
Allred said that Gabbi Mobarak, who has taken on the role of libero for the Millers while Baylie Thiel is recovering from an injury, led the team with digs. She garnered 32, while Brianna Worth had 28.
Kashlei Vo finished the match with 12 assists, while Addison Wimmer had 10 kills and 10 aces.
Katie Clark led the team in blocks with six.
The Millers were set to be back on the court Tuesday against Norman and Thursday against Moore. Both matches are at home with varsity games starting at 6 p.m.

JUNIOR VARSITY
Yukon’s junior varsity squad defeated Piedmont is straight sets, 25-20 and 25-15.
The freshmen lost in two straight sets.
Meanwhile, the freshmen squad played Friday in a tournament in Norman, where it went 2-3 and finished in second place in the silver bracket.
The Millers lost to Edmond Memorial in three sets and to Westmore in three sets before beating Norman in two sets during pool play.
In bracket play, the Millers beat Heritage Hall in two sets before falling to Mustang in three sets during the silver bracket championship.
In the tournament, Jayden Stalnaker led the team in assists, while Libbie Hughs led in digs and aces.
Faith Davis, Elana Davarenne and Taya McReynolds led the team in kills.
Allred said the squad played well overall.
“We played our best against Mustang, and they are hungry to see them again in regular season to redeem themselves and get the rivalry win,” Allred said.

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