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Claremore's Riley Renfroe tries to hit the ball away from a block attempt by Tahlequah's Kloe Bowin (2) and Josie Foster (8) on Thursday night.

Claremore swept Tahlequah in three sets and spoiled the Lady Tigers home opener at the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activity Center on Thursday evening.

The Lady Zebras were dominant in the first and closing sets, posting 25-12 and 25-11 wins. Tahlequah stayed closed in the middle set but fell short, 22-25.

The loss comes after the Lady Tigers defeated Collinsville in four sets Tuesday in their season opener in Collinsville.

"Claremore has a great team," Tahlequah coach Don Ogden said. "They've been to the state tournament the last two years, so they're a high-level squad. They're a good program that has a lot of recent tradition."

Hailey Charles led Claremore with five kills, and Brook Jones was close behind with four.

Hailey Grant finished with three blocks, while Riley Renfoe tallied six aces and 14 assists.

Senior Kloe Bowin led Tahlequah in kills with six and blocks with three. Bowin also posted four digs.

Natalee Porter finished with a team-high 13 assists, while Lydia McAlvain followed with six.

Josie Foster paced the Lady Tigers with six digs, while McAlvain and Porter had four apiece.

Porter had a team-best five serve aces, and McAlvain added three kills.

Claremore plays in the Holland Hall Tournament in Tulsa this weekend.

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