A slew of untimely errors cost Piedmont a chance at upending a talented 6A team Monday night in the Lady Wildcats’ home gym.
Enid used 18 unforced errors from Piedmont over the final two sets to pull away for a 3-1 win (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-11) that dropped PHS to 9-7 on the year. The Pacers improved to 12-5.
“In volleyball, if nine points are going to the other team from you alone, it’s hard to come back from that,” Piedmont head coach Lauren Bernhardt said.
Monday it was far too much to overcome. Enid snagged momentum in the third and with Piedmont reeling, rolled to an easy win in the fourth set. Piedmont tied the fourth at 6-6, but never led or tied again.
“We focus on our errors and it gets in our head and we can’t get out of it,” Bernhardt said. “We have to mentally get out of that and strengthen ourselves.”
Last season, Piedmont struggled to stop slides during games, but for the most part had been better about halting other teams’ runs this season. That wasn’t the case against Enid. The Pacers outscored Piedmont 40-16 in the final two sets, which proved decisive.
“This happened at Putnam City earlier this season,” Bernhardt said. “We came out swinging in the first set and didn’t let errors affect us. In the second set we got tight and kept getting tighter and making mistakes.”
The ‘Cats entered the match as winners of six of seven matches and started hot on Monday night. Piedmont won the first set, and after dropping the second raced out to a 16-10 lead in the third. But after an Enid timeout, the Pacers won nine of 12 points to even the score at 19, then won six of the last eight to grab a 2-1 lead.