By Evan Grice
Don’t look now, but the Piedmont Lady Wildcats volleyball team has pulled off another upset.
This time it was No. 14 ranked El Reno falling victim to the upset, as PHS claimed its second road upset this season over a ranked opponent with a five set (18-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 15-7) victory over the Lady Indians Tuesday night.
“I’m very proud of the girls, and the coaching staff as well for the job we’ve been able to accomplish this season,” Piedmont coach Brad Brucker said. “They deserve a lot of credit for this win and the progress we’ve made. We had some good and bad moments tonight, but we were able to pull through and steal the second set away from them. Once we got our act together in the fourth set, we just started to take over in the fifth as well.”
After a slow start to the match in the first set, Piedmont got back in the groove with a three-point victory in set number two.
However, the Lady Indians responded right back and took the third set, but it was the Lady Wildcats with the last word, taking the final two sets on the evening, giving them their 11th victory on the season.
Leading the offense on the night was Anna Young with 13 kills, followed by Kayden Carver with nine kills. Bailey Banks finished the contest with six kills, with Kailey LaFollette registering four kills. Miranda Wagner put in three kills on the night. Kasidi Hardy led the Lady Wildcats in assists with 17 in the contest.
Piedmont’s junior varsity and freshman teams also claimed victories on the night, marking the first time this season that all three teams from PHS have won in the same night.
This past weekend also saw the Lady Wildcats upset Class 6A’s Choctaw with a four set victory at the Southmoore Tournament in the silver bracket semifinals.
Piedmont unfortunately fell in the finals to Lawton Eisenhower with a sweep.
The Lady Wildcats will be playing at Shawnee this evening with the varsity set to start at 7 p.m.
Piedmont will then be at home to face Chisholm Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.