The Moore American

September 11, 2013

Volleyball kicking into high gear

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — With the high school volleyball season at the midway point, area teams are starting look down the road toward the postseason. That means playing midseason tournaments that they believe will hopefully prepare them for state.

That includes Southmoore, which competed in the Edmond Santa Fe tournament last week. No. 1 ESF won the title while the SaberCats fell to fifth with a 2-4 record.

“Our team played hard the entire tournament and never gave up,” Southmoore coach Janet Brannon said. “We knew going in that it would be a challenging tournament playing against very strong teams.”

Senior Amy Serowski led the Cats offensively and defensively throughout the tournament and was named to the All Tournament Team. Freshman Kassidy Muse, played solid defense leading the team in blocks.

“We are playing solid defense being scrappier than we ever have been,” Brannon said. “By being so scrappy, we are like that annoying little gnat that just won’t go away. We keep the ball in play and get it to our hitters who are still working on executing our plays. Each match we are getting closer and closer to being a very solid team that will be tough for any opponent in the state to reckon with by the end of the season.”

Southmoore (8-8) will host the SaberCats Invitation tournament Friday and Saturday. However, strangely, they will not be competing in their own tournament.

“We are not playing in our tournament this weekend,” Brannon said. “We are hosting it only as we were invited to play in three very competitive tournaments this year which we felt would better prepare us for our post season play.”

Westmoore held its second Jaguar Invitational last week competing against teams such as Lawton, Del City, Enid, Bixby,Douglass and Piedmont.

Moore is coming off a tough week in which it lost 3-1 to Mustang and 3-2 to Southmoore. Coach Deidra Rader has been trying to instill a sense of confidence in her team to build on.

“We lost to Mustang, it was a competitive match, but I know Mustang is comprised of mostly seniors and their confidence showed it,” Rader said. “We are going to work more on mental confidence. It seems someone breaks down each match and we all have to click at the same time to beat the powerhouse teams.  Even when we were up 2-0 against Southmoore, we had a break in confidence after they aced us a few times in the third set and they went on to beat us in five sets.”

The Lions will be competing at the Southmoore tourney this week. Rader is hoping to accomplish one of their team goals there.

“In our first tournament of the season, we went to the silver bracket,” Rader said. “Our goal at Southmoore is make it to Gold and the championship match. One of our goals for the season is to win a tournament, and we only have two left. The team is further along then they were this time last year, both record wise and chemistry wise, but we still aren’t fully realizing our potential and abilities on the court as a team.”

Michael Kinney Follow me @eyeamtruth mkinney@normantranscript.com