In a back-and-forth battle between ranked Rogers County opponents, Class 5A No. 4 Claremore volleyball edged Class 4A No. 6 Inola in five sets — 21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 28-26, 15-13 — Tuesday night.
Ella Irvin led the Lady Zebras with nine kills, eight blocks, four aces and five digs, and Claudia Nieto added 10 kills and three blocks. Kinley Williams registered four kills, two aces and 18 digs while Hannah Dorsey and Makyla Salcido were also forces from the service line, tallying four and five aces, respectively.
Other standouts were Abby Dake (five kills), Ella Ramsey (three kills) and Becca Hilmes (two aces, 26 digs).
The Lady Longhorns had a trio of big hitters, with Brooke Walker, Saige Day and Sydney Biggs combining for 53 kills. Walker paced Inola with 19 kills, two blocks and an ace while Day recorded 17 kills, four aces and a block and Biggs added 17 kills and two aces.
Elsewhere, Baylea Russell managed eight points with seven kills and a block, and Madison Hawkins had three aces.
Then came Senior Night on Thursday for Claremore (21-15), which resulted in a four-set victory over Muskogee.
In honor of the night’s theme, coach Kim Mabbott played all six seniors throughout the first set. The Lady Zebras lost that set but bounced back with three-consecutive victories thanks to the help of Irvin and Nieto.
Williams, a senior, scored 10 kills and three aces to go along with six digs in her final regular-season match at the CHS gym, and fellow senior Salcido notched two kills, two aces and 10 digs. Hilmes, also a senior, managed two kills and 15 digs.
Irvin served her senior teammates well (no pun intended), tallying seven kills, five blocks and four aces while Nieto registered five kills and two blocks.
It was a busy week for Class 4A No. 3 Verdigris as well, for it played three matches in four days.
The Lady Cardinals started with a sweep of Class 3A No. 15 Metro Christian on Monday as Emma Beats tallied 10 kills to lead the team. Logan Hamilton scored 10 points as well via seven kills, two aces and a block, and Morgan Borgstadt was close behind with nine kills.
Avery Keeler managed three aces and a kill.
Verdigris celebrated another sweep the next day, this time against Class 3A No. 4 Oklahoma Union on the road.
Borgstadt was an unstoppable force, punishing her opponents with 11 kills, seven blocks and two aces. Hamilton was also impressive, finishing with nine kills and one block. Beats had five kills, and Emily Stout added four aces.
However, the Lady Cardinals (25-10) suffered an untimely five-set loss to Class 4A No. 4 Lincoln Christian on Thursday in another road match.
Despite the loss, Hamilton recorded an outstanding 22 kills with an ace to lead Verdigris. Borgstadt (12 kills, two aces) and Beats (11 kills, one ace) scored in double digits as well while Keeler tallied four aces and two kills.
Also notable, Abby Barnes filed 22 digs.