Action on Saturday, Aug. 24 saw Oakdale High School’s varsity volleyball team headed north for their first tournament of the season. The varsity girls went to Cosumnes River College The varsity Lady Mustangs went 2-2 overall.
In their first game, Oakdale took on Nevada Union and lost in three sets. They won the first set 25-22 but lost the second and third sets 27-25 and 15-8. Emma Harper had three aces against Nevada Union and added nine assists. Abby Cogburn had 10 kills while Kenadie Patterson had four blocks and Kailee Whorton had 10 digs.
The Lady Mustangs regrouped and defeated Sutter in three sets, winning 25-21, 25-15, 15-6. In the win Harper had three aces and 11 kills. Patterson added six blocks, Whorton had 20 digs. Breelie Gibson had 11 assists.
The ladies kept their momentum up as they defeated West in straight sets in their third contest of the day, 25-21, 25-16. Gibson had four aces, Harper had seven assists, six digs and six kills.
In their final game the girls lost to Pioneer 25-19, 25-10 and 15-11. Overall Oakdale placed second in their pool and advanced to the gold bracket.
“Coach Kellie, Coach Miranda and I are so proud of our team for getting second in their pool and then advancing onto the gold bracket, where we saw them play their best all-around game,” said head coach Samantha Nickerson. “Watching the girls compete their hearts out makes us excited for what is in store the rest of the season.”
It will be a busy week for the team as they will play Monday through Thursday. On Monday, Aug. 26 the girls traveled to Turlock High School for the Foundation Game. Tuesday the girls hosted Enochs. Both games were played following The Leader’s press time. Oakdale will host Hughson on Wednesday, Aug. 28 as the freshman teams begin the night at 4 p.m. followed by the junior varsity and then varsity. Thursday night the girls head to Sonora.