Volleyball sweeps Muskogee, Union in route to regional championship

Volleyball sweeps Muskogee, Union in route to regional championship

Jenks volleyball punched its ticket into the 6A State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday with a regional championship.

After the Lady Trojans handled business in straight sets 3-0 against Muskogee to open the single-elimination tournament, they took on rival Union for the right to go to the state tournament.

Jenks did not waste any time, as the Lady Trojans swept the Redskins in straight sets to capture the regional title.

“I am super proud of the girls for the way they played,” Jenks coach Tanna Smith said. “I could not have asked for anything better. This is what we have been working for in the last five practices. We passed well, we hit well, we played amazing defense, that is probably the best defense I have seen us play all year. What better time to peak than right now? I am so happy for the girls.”

In the first set against Union, Jenks jumped out early and led 5-4 and 10-7. The Redskins made a small run in the middle of the set, but the Lady Trojans responded to take control of the opening frame 20-13. Jenks would go on to win the first set 25-14.

The second set was a more difficult for Jenks. Union knew it didn’t want to go down 2-0 and have to win three straight sets against the Lady Trojans, so the Redskins led 5-4 early. However, Jenks retook the lead 10-7 and held on the rest of the way despite numerous runs by Union. The Lady Trojans took the second set 25-21 and held a commanding 2-0 lead.

Jenks entered the third set with the mindset it wanted to close the match and not let Union find any life. That is just what the Lady Trojans did. The Redskins kept it close early, but Jenks began to extend its lead in the middle of the set and kept building toward the final few points. The Lady Trojans went on to win the third set 25-16 and the match 3-0.

“They played so well,” Smith said. “We have been spending a lot of time watching and studying video and they played more confident. They were ready for tonight and ready to push into the coming matches.”

The 6A State Volleyball Tournament will take place Monday and Tuesday in Shawnee.

“We are going to continue what we have been doing,” Smith said. “We are going to continue to have solid and tight serve/receive, being able to work on our point runs and continuing to serve aggressively. That is a big part of our offense. We will watch a lot of film and prepare for any opponent we play.”

The Jenks volleyball team punched its ticket to the 6A State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday with regional wins against Muskogee and Union. Photo/Kyle Salomon

Kyle Salomon

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