The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 9, 2013

Pacers’ Cordell set for ‘emotional’ volleyball regional

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Chloe Cordell admits she’ll shed a few tears after today’s Class 6A volleyball regional at Union’s U-Mac Center.

“It’s going to be emotional,’’ said the Enid senior who will lead the Pacers against Norman at 3:30 p.m. with the winner facing the Union-Sand Springs winner in the finals at 5.

“If we lose, we’ll be sad, if we win, it will be happy tears ... all of us want it so badly, it’s been our team goal all year. We have a very good chance.’’

Cordell and her teammates were excited to be assigned to the Union regional even though the No. 14 Pacers (23-10) have lost to Norman and Union this season.

“We know we have a chance this year,’’ she said. “If we work hard and play our absolute best, we can make it. We’re ready to go. We know we can play with them. We’re focused to play our best.’’

Cordell has seen EHS volleyball go from four wins as a freshman to talk about going to state. She said the attitude of the program has changed this season.

“If we lose a set now, we think revenge,’’ Cordell said. “We have the attitude that we’re going to beat you this time, you’re not going to beat us again. When we lost to them (Norman and Union) it was early in the season. We got it altogether now.’’

She attributes the improvement to experience and club volleyball.

“We played a lot of good teams, that made us better,’’ Cordell said.

The Pacers finished the regular season beating Class 5A No. 3 Edmond Deer Creek in four sets.

“That was the best game we played this season,’’ Cordell said. “We were jumping up and down ... it was so exciting ... we didn’t let down after we lost a set ... we just have to stay positive. Our communication has to stay that way.’’

Cordell has committed to play at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I’m still having to get better,’’ she said. “I want to keep working hard to go to college.’’

She will be joined in the lineup by Shaelyn Vaughn, Grace Enmeier, Sarah Blakley, McKenna James, Ashton Halper, Taylor Smith and Taylor Foster.

“The best part of volleyball is when we’re working together as a team and playing our best,’’ Cordell said. “You want to go out by going to state.’’