FROM STAFF REPORTS
CHICKASHA — The road to the Class 4A State Volleyball Championship ended Saturday afternoon in the semifinals for the No. 4-ranked Verdigris Lady Cardinals.
No. 1-ranked Elgin — who went on to claim the 4A state title — defeated Verdigris, 3-1 and stayed perfect on the season with a 33-0 record.
Verdigris trailed 22-17 in the fourth game before piecing together a 5-1 run to get within a point of Elgin.
Throughout the match, the Lady Cardinals fought tooth-and-nail with Elgin at the net as Stacia Payne, Correy Moyer and Courtney Risenhoover tallied close to 10 kills.
Elgin completed the perfect season with a 3-1 win over Cache in the 4A state championship match.
In the third game, Payne's resiliency on the outside sparked Verdigris to a 25-20 victory. Payne registered multiple kills down the stretch to hold off Elgin's 8-1 rally.
The Lady Cardinals nearly tied the match when they took a 23-22 lead in the second game. KaLynn Thorp's service ace provided a lift for Verdigris, but Elgin countered with three straight points to get the 25-23 victory.
Verdigris middle blocker Correy Moyer was named to the 4A State All-Tournament team.
The Lady Cardinals completed the season with a 26-10 overall record.