By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Lady Racers' junior varsity volleyball team blew through the Elgin Lady Owls with a 3-0 win last Tuesday when they came to play in Racer territory.
The Owls lost three games straight with no need to play a fourth or fifth game. The Lady Racers took an early lead and did not slow down in the first game for a 25-6 victory. The second game looked almost identical with a 25-5 victory for the girls. In the third and final game, the Owls managed to just barely hit the double digits scoring before falling to Newcastle 25-10.
The ninth grade Lady Racers' volleyball team took on Clinton Monday as the Red Tornadoes rolled into Newcastle. The Lady Racers pulled out an impressive victory in the first game, but then turned around to drop the second game to the Red Tornadoes.
With the final game being the deciding tie-breaker, the ninth grade team took to the court. Fought as they may, Newcastle could not score the 15 points necessary to win the final game and fell 1-2 to Clinton.
By Cody Johnson
Newcastle Lady Racer Volleyball hosted Noble on Monday night in a match that went into four games.
The Lady Racers Varsity team started the night off well winning their first game but then lost three in a row to fall to a 1-3 defeat. Junior Varsity did not fair well either, losing 0-2 to the Lions.
Ninth grade volleyball split games 25-23 and 25-27 with Noble but came up short in their final tie-breaking game 13-15.
The Lady Racers also hosted Oklahoma Centennial last Thursday in a 3-0: 25-9, 25-7, 25-12 blowout.
Newcastle looked strong and confident as both the Junior Varsity and Varsity went uncontested through the Bisons lineup.
"We did a lot of things really good. They made things happen, and we got to work on bump, set, spike," assistant coach Dana Chambers said.
In the first varsity game of the night the Lady Racers took no mercy scoring 25 points before Centennial could even reach the double digits.
In the second game of the night, the girls did not relent scoring 25 and holding the Bisons to 7. In the final game of the night, at first it looked like Centennial might form a comeback, but then the Lady Racers pulled away once again to win 25-12.
"I think the biggest thing is we are still figuring out all of our athletes and where to put them," Chambers said. "Volleyball is a sport where you have to have confidence. There are not very many sports where every mistake is a point. That's what is most different for our athletes to understand. We understand it is emotional, but you have to move on so you aren’t living in that moment behind it."
Next week the Lady Racers will host Clinton on Monday. Then they will travel to Centennial on Tuesday for their rematch. Thursday night Newcastle will host Chickasha for their First Annual Seniors’ Night that will take place between the junior varsity and varsity matches. All lineups next week will begin with ninth grade at 4:30 p.m. with junior varsity and varsity following.
"We are excited everyone is coming out and supporting them," Chambers said.
By Cody Johnson
The Lady Racers Volleyball team played their third match of the 2014 season at Crossing Christian on Monday losing in the fifth game.
"We play the best three out of five and went to the fifth game and lost," Head Coach Melissa Johnson said.
The Lady Racers lost the first two games by several points but came back to win the third game 25-6 and 25-17 fourth game. This took the match into the fifth and final game.
The score was 14-15 with the Lady Racers serving the final point. Newcastle's server was called stepping over the line during her serve. This penalty gave Crossing Christian the final point they needed to win 14-16.
"In the third and fourth game we played fantastic. In the fifth game we played pretty good to win, but you know," Johnson said, "It was bitter."
After a School Board decision last year, this is the first year Newcastle offers volleyball as a sport. This is part of Superintendent Tony O'Brien's vision to grow the school district academically and athletically according to Johnson. "He has really been a big supporter of having volleyball here."
"We are playing against teams that have played for ten years," Johnson said. "Our team 7-12 grade, we have been spending hours and hours in the summer time getting ready for volleyball because it’s the first time ever. If you went into the gym, they are doing fantastic. We have tremendous girl athletes here at Newcastle."
Each volleyball match consists of either best two out of three games or best three out of five games. Each game consists of the first team to obtain 25 points and to be ahead of their opponents by at least two points. If the match goes into the final game, the game is the first to obtain 15 points and win by two or more points ahead of their opponents.
The Lady Racers hit the road on Thursday returning to action at Community Christian with ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity starting at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. respectively. They will also return to Community Christian on Saturday for a tournament.