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August 16, 2013

Pacers rebound from slow start

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — The Enid volleyball team didn’t have to wait long to rebound from a lopsided, season-opening straight-set loss.

After losing 3-0 to Tulsa Union Thursday in their first match of 2013, the Pacers were in Sand Springs for a quartet of tournament games less than 24 hours later, losing the first, before running off three straight without losing a set.

“We could’ve played a lot better (Thursday) night,” said head coach Steve Bloom. “We had a lot of trouble with our serving, and it carried over to this morning. Then the girls started playing like I expected to see, and we finished on a good note today.”

Enid, the tournament’s defending champion, lost to Coweta in the first match of the trip, 25-20, 13-25, 15-6 0, despite eight kills from Chloe Cordell and five from Grace Enmeier, but won its final six frames. The Pacers beat Verdigris 25-15, 25-13; Catoosa, 25-16, 25-21; and Ponca City, 21-14, 21-17.

Cordell finished with a team-best 27 kills on the day, McKenna James had 11 kills and eight blocks, and Enmeier had 10 kills and five assists.

Despite the opening loss, Enid can still repeat its title in the eight-team round-robin tournament. The Pacers (3-2) won the event with a 6-1 record in 2012, a feat they can match with wins today against defending Class 6A champion Tulsa Kelley, Sand Springs and Glenpool.  Kelley swept Enid in last year’s regional finals.

“We’re not out of the tournament by any means,” Bloom said. “We go back in there and have a good day (today) and we’ve got a good shot at it still.”

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