Getting a chance to honor their seniors a little early in the 2020 season, the Duncan Lady Demons volleyball team had a tough match against Southeast this past Thursday evening.
Before the game, the Lady Demons team started a new tradition with the juniors announcing the seniors on the court and reading memories written out by the seniors.
Juniors Alexis Giles and Kaylee Foster took turns reading the seven seniors names, which included Kayla Cox, Jaycee Santos, Kenzie Rios, Madison Jarrett, Marché McEntire, Tania Galvez and Tori Spruill.
Southeast High School came in as the No. 18 team in Class 5A against Duncan, which had the No. 17 ranking in Class 5A.
The first set was a close 25-21 win for the Lady Spartans.
Kaylee Harrison and Kyndle Ledford got the lead up to 3-1 in the first set with some kills although they fell behind 4-3 before Ledford and Meg Walker took the lead back for the Lady Demons.
Falling behind again, the Lady Demons got the score back within one point twice with kills from Addie Seiss and Foster before Southeast got the final three points to take the first set.
The second set was also close with the Lady Spartans winning 25-19 after taking the 6-1 lead early in the set.
Harrison and Ledford got several points to bring it within one point. Seiss tied it up at nine apiece before the Lady Demons getting their only lead of the set at 10-9 on an error from Southeast.
Southeast went on a run before Ledford stopped them with a kill. The Lady Spartans got some good kills to finish the second set with a victory and put them one away from a sweep.
Siess, Foster and Harrison, along with Giles, tried to keep the Lady Demons in the third set, but the Lady Spartans ended up with a 25-20 victory in the third to sweep.
Harrison got two big blocks at the net, earning points for the Lady Demons while Siess had three kills, including two early ones to tie the set up early on in the third set.
Coach Amanda Lard said they couldn’t find a rhythm and is not worried as the season isn’t over yet.
“We struggled from the get go and we couldn’t really find a rhythm. We would do something good and then we would miss a serve or we would let the ball drop or it just seemed like we were never quite on the same page with each other,” Lard said. “It (was) Senior Night but we are not done and I hope we have more home matches and it is not the end all, be all of the season. It is disappointing and it kind of stings, but we still have more volleyball to play.”
The Lady Demons will go on a road trip for the first time in a couple of weeks next week as they face off against Noble and El Reno. Lard said they have to be ready for those games.
“Consistency is going to be our thing all season and finding our rhythm — it is not something you can coach,” Lard said. “It has to be something that we find within us and it has to be something we bring out ourselves and it has to be a team effort.”
The next game will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Noble High School. Then, they will travel to El Reno at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 for their next two games of the 2020 season.