The week before Labor Day turned out to be a tough week for the Duncan Lady Demons volleyball team as they lost at Noble 3-2 and then lost to No. 4 El Reno 3-1.
The Lady Demons dropped the first set 25-21 and came roaring back in the next two sets to win 25-15 and then 25-16 to take the 2-1 set lead over Noble.
Trying to win on the road, the Noble Lady Bears pushed back and got the 25-22 set victory to send it to the fifth and final deciding set.
With both teams battling for the victory, the Lady Bears scored the 15-13 victory to take the match and send the Lady Demons to 4-5 on the season.
Despite the close loss, the Lady Demons had to go to El Reno for the second time this season to try and avenge the season opening loss for Duncan.
El Reno proved to be the highly ranked team they were in set one when they beat Duncan 25-12 with the Lady Demons getting closer in the second set, though they still fell 25-17.
Facing a sweep for the second time in the season against El Reno, the Lady Demons grabbed the third set to avoid the sweep by winning 25-21 to bring the match to a 2-1 advantage for El Reno.
The fourth set between the Lady Demons and the Lady Indians was a close battle as El Reno took it 25-18 to put Duncan at 4-6 on the season.
Lady Demons head coach Amanda Lard, after the full week for the volleyball team, said she was proud of the way her team responded despite having to deal with lineup changes.
“I really felt like they were two completely different games and we came out a little sluggish at Noble and we played well at times and we kind of made mistakes that kind of cost us down the stretch when it was crunch time,” Lard said. “Then at El Reno we came out and that is the hardest I have seen us play all season and we did a lot of good things and we fought really hard against El Reno. We got a game off them and they are a good team. I’m going to give them credit because they are a good team but I am really proud of how hard we fought. We looked a lot different last night against El Reno than against Noble.”
Only having one game this week, the Lady Demons will play MacArthur at home starting around 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Lard said she knows the game will be tough but it will be a neat atmosphere.
“We tried new people at different positions and I’m looking to see what works best for us and looking to see,” Lard said. “There were some girls that stepped up in new spots and the thing I love about them —they don’t question it and they go out and do the best they can for us.
“I anticipate MacArthur being tough, they are ranked top eight in the state and I have looked at their scores — they have played some teams really close” she said. “We did add a united volleyball match between JV and varsity so our friends from the classroom are going to be paired up with some of our volleyball players and Mac has the same team so I think it will be a fun night and I’m looking forward to it.”