Volleyball struggles in week two

Emma Hudson One

Tougher competition spelled trouble for the Mustang volleyball team in week two of the season as they dropped four matches.

The Lady Broncos had a record of 3-4 in the second week of the year, but kept their overall winning record intact with a 7-5 mark through their first 12 matches of 2014.

The Bronco girls opened up dual play last week with two home duals against Putnam City North and Edmond Santa Fe.website commentary new.qxd

Mustang hosted PC North on Aug. 19, defeating the Lady Panthers three games to none. Their second dual of the week wasn’t as kind to MHS as they took on defending Class 6A state champion Edmond Santa Fe and fell to the Lady T-Wolves three games to none for their second loss of the season.

“I didn’t think our attitude as a team was where it needed to be going into the weekend,” Mustang head coach Cailtyn Bernhardt said. “We were pretty down on ourselves heading into the Westmoore tournament after what happened against Edmond Santa Fe. We carried that into the match against Bishop McGuinness and it felt like we were already defeated before it began.”

The Lady Broncos then traveled south to Westmoore High School to compete in the Jaguar Volleyball Invitational last Friday and Saturday.

Mustang played five matches in the tournament, winning two and losing three. The Bronco girls defeated Del City 3-0 and Carl Albert 3-0 in the event, but fell to Bishop McGuinness 0-3, Westmoore 2-3 and Enid 1-3 in the tournament.

The closest match of the weekend was against Westmoore. The Lady Broncos held a two games to one lead against the Lady Jaguars, but Mustang made too many mistakes down the stretch in the final two games and dropped a nail-biter.

“We were really upset that we lost the match to Westmoore,” Bernhardt said.  “Our girls really felt like that we should have beaten them, but the cool thing about it is, we get another chance at them Monday night. After that loss, the team decided that was enough, and our attitudes changed.”

Mustang is back in action this week as host to two district duals at the Wellness Center at Mustang High School.

The Bronco girls hosted Westmoore on Monday evening and they take on Edmond North at 6 tonight.

“We still have a lot of season left,” Bernhardt said. “We are still growing as a team, so there are going to be rough times and good times. We just have to stay together.”