The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 12, 2013

Volleyers sweep Ponca City

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Shaelyn Vaughn wasn’t lacking motivation for Enid’s first-ever volleyball match at the Enid Event Center.

Vaughn was excited about that, but she was motivated, too, by it being both senior night and  Cancer Awareness night as well as playing archrival Ponca City.

She and her teammates lived up to the challenge with a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-11, 25-20) for the Pacers’ sixth straight win. The Pacers wore pink shirts for Cancer Awareness night.

“When you’re playing for a cause, it always helps,’’ Vaughn said. “This was one of our better games, sweeping Ponca City is awesome. We all did great. We worked as a team to beat Ponca City.’’

Enid students came out in force to support the Pacers, who had been playing their home games at Waller Middle School.

“We were fired up,’’ Vaughn said. “I love that the student section had a place to call home. That helped us win. It was a wonderful atmosphere. We felt like we were a real team.

“I wasn’t at all nervous playing here for the first time. I’ve been playing with these girls forever and I was playing in front of everyone that I love.’’

Vaughn had six aces, three kills, four digs and one block on the night as one of six seniors honored before the game.

“I felt like I played pretty well,’’ she said. “I made a couple of mistakes, but for the most part I got my headers to where they were supposed to be.’’

Chloe Cordell had seven kills, five digs, one block and one ace. Grace Enmeier had four kills, seven digs and five blocks. McKenna James had three kills, three digs, two blocks and three aces. Sarah Blakley had one kill, four digs, two blocks and an ace.

Bri Burrows had seven digs. Ashton Halper had one kill, six digs and one ace. Tyler Smith had three kills, two digs and one block.

“We played a good, all-around game,’’ said Enid coach Steve Bloom. “We took care of our serves and played good defense.’’

Seniors Vaughn, Cordell, Enmeier, Blakley, Burrow and Lauren Millsap were recognized before the game. The win raised Enid’s record to 16-7.  The Pacers, ranked No. 14, visit Moore Tuesday.