“I always try to aim to a certain spot on the court, whether it’s a person or just a spot that I see that’s open,” Schneider said. “I mainly just tried to target the middle of the floor, because nobody was there. They were really pushed back and really pushed up.”
Kylie Murdaugh ended Tahlequah’s run with a kill, but Milnick later fired off three aces in four serves to put her team up 14-2. McAlester never managed more than two points in a row in the second set — half their points that set came via unforced Tahlequah errors — and with her team up 23-8, Schneider fired off two more aces to end the set.
Tahlequah didn’t play particularly complicated volleyball against the Lady Buffs. They didn’t run their middle hitters to the right, they didn’t use cut-sets to the outside or quick-sets to the middle.
Instead, the Lady Tigers just put serves in play, passed well and showed solid volleyball fundamentals.
“We took where the pass sent us,” Ogden said. “So no matter where it went, we tried to set near that so that we’d have a limited amount of errors and we’d have a chance to get a swing on the ball. We like to keep people below double-figures on defense, and a lot of times, it’s not so much your defense, it’s your unforced errors.”
The Lady Buffs played their best in the third set, keeping the deficit within five throughout the early goings of the game. Crawford’s kill made it 13-10 Tahlequah, and a Tahlequah hit out of bounds made it a two-point game.
Tinnin served up back-to-back aces to make it 15-11, then the Lady Tigers out-scored the Lady Buffs 9-2 to win the match.