CATOOSA — Class 5A No. 11 Claremore beat Class 4A No. 8 Catoosa in three sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) Thursday at the Catoosa Indian Activity Center.
The next match for the Zebras (11-12) will be another All-Rogers county clash at home against Sequoyah on Tuesday.
The Indians (18-14) return to action next week with back-to-back road games at Glenpool on Monday and Tahlequah on Tuesday.
Claremore never trailed in the first set and the only ties were at 1-1 and 3-3. The biggest lead for the Zebras was 13-5, thanks to some strong serving from Brooke Dugan.
Catoosa battled back as close as 14-12. Tiffany Maxey came up with some nice serves to key that rally.
Claremore withstood that surge, however, and eventually put the set away on a Madison Dugan kill.
The Zebras opened the second set with seven consecutive points. Dani Meisinger helped trigger that start with some solid serving.
Claremore's biggest lead of the set came at 17-6. The Indians got within six points on a couple of occasions behind strong overall play from Melissa Velazquez and Sara Chalupa.
The Zebras were never in serious jeopardy during the second set though, thanks in large part to some nice play from Briley Penny and Brooke Jones.
Catoosa was ahead for a good portion early in the third set. Claremore took control though with a 7-0 run that resulted in a 13-7 advantage.
The Zebras appeared to be on cruise control when they built a 20-9 lead. The Indians fought back though and eventually closed within 23-20.
The teams then split the next two points before Jones finally wrapped things up with a powerful kill.
In other games around Rogers County, Inola defeated Sequoyah 3-1 and Rejoice Christian beat Oologah 3-0.