Southeastern falls in straight sets on senior night
DURANT, Oklahoma (KTEN) - per Southeastern Oklahoma State Athletic Communications:
Playing down two starters Southeastern found offense hard to come by as it dropped its home finale on Monday night 3-0 to Northwestern Oklahoma State in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 12-15 overall on the season and 7-8 in Great American Conference play with one match to play.
Despite the loss, SE is still in control of its own destiny in making the conference tournament, with a Thursday win over rival East Central in Ada, Okla., being enough to secure a berth in the postseason tournament.
"We're playing in some uncharted territories right now," said head coach Nicole Solum-Mitchell. "We have lots of injuries and sickness going around so people are having to play different positions. We let the newness of that get to us tonight. I'm looking forward to practice and to bounce back on Thursday."
Monday also served as senior day for a trio of Storm players who were playing their final home game; those included Avynn La Rose, Ruthie Forson, and Peyton Kriegel.
For just the first time this season Southeastern did not have a player reach double-digit kills, with Noelia Rocha leading the way on the night with eight.
D'Nari Mills finished with seven, marking just the second time this season she has not reached double-digits.
Michera Moffett matched Mills seven kills, with Faith Kruebbe adding three and La Rose chipping in two.
Maci Morrison stepped in for Forson and handed out 24 assists in the match and added five digs.
Kriegel led the defense with a match-high 17 digs on the night, with Kruebbe adding eight and Patience Lewis chipping in seven.
La Rose and Moffett each finished with a team-best two blocks.
SE trailed from first serve in the first set, seeing the Rangers score the first three point before pulling away for the 25-18 win.
In set two, NWOSU would use a 12-2 run to take control of the set before taking it by a score of 25-16.
Another early 8-1 run by the Rangers in the third set would leave the Storm in a big hole en route to a 25-14 loss in the clinching set.