By Evan Grice
In just over an hour Tuesday night, the Piedmont volleyball team’s historic season came to a sudden end.
Against the Shawnee Lady Wolves in the first round of regionals, PHS never quite got out of the blocks as SHS claimed a 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 straight set victory to end the Lady Wildcats season at Victory Christian High School in Tulsa.
“We just made too many mistakes tonight,” Piedmont coach Brad Brucker said. “We’ve made a lot of progress this season though, and that’s what I told the girls. The fact is though we just didn’t have a great game tonight. The more experience we gain, the better prepared we will be to not make those same mistakes. This year we thought we had a chance to win the regional. I’m very proud of these girls though and what they did this year.
Things started off well enough for the Lady Wildcats in the third set, as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.
However, a 9-0 run put Shawnee in control of proceedings, as the Lady Wolves used the momentum to keep the lead at 11-3. But, Piedmont closed the gap to 14-12, before Shawnee extended the deficit to 17-12.
Piedmont (12-13) never recovered its offense in the third set as the Lady Wildcats were eliminated from the regional tournament.
In the second set of the night, Piedmont battled back from a 19-14 deficit to tie the match at 21-21.
But, the Lady Wolves were one step ahead, as they reeled off four straight points to take a 2-0 set lead in the match.
Senior Miranda Wagner led the offense with four kills on the night with Bailey Banks and Kayden Carver collecting three kills each.
Anna Young added two kills on the night, along with providing a team leading two blocks on the evening.
Kasidi Hardy led the team in assists with seven on the night.
Piedmont finishes its second year of volleyball with a school record 12 victories, along with earning the programs first trophy at the Westmoore Tournament.