OMS volleyball sweeps St. James in daytime action

Will Johnson

Perhaps Owensville Middle School volleyball should play all of their matches next season at Owensville High School.

Playing in front of the OMS student body Friday afternoon against St. James, both the seventh and eighth-grade volleyball teams looked for wins to end the home portion of their season.

Already owning a win over St. James from the Steelville 7th Grade Volleyball Tournament, Courtney Castor’s OMS 7th grade volleyball team.

Only missing five serves throughout the entire match, Owensville needed just two sets to take the seventh-grade match by scores of 25-11 and 25-19.

Falling behind 4-1 early in game one, two Landry Watson aces tied the set at 4-4.

Three OMS services errors left them trailing 11-8 before Payton Boyd took her turn behind the serving line.

What happened from there was purely breathtaking.

Serving the final 17 points of game one, Boyd recorded aces on 15 of them giving Owensville the first set.

Game two saw a pair of Dutchgirls join the serving party.

Leading 6-4, Harley Pyrtle took her turn on serving duty.

Four aces later, Pyrtle held OMS take a 10-4 lead the second set against the visitors from St. James.

Outscored 10-1 after that, Owensville suddenly trailed 14-11 midway through game two.

Another Watson ace and four points from Boyd put the 7th grade Dutchgirls back in front, 18-16.

Nursing a 21-19 lead late in game two, Drew Copeland looked to make her mark on the match.

Serving two of the final four points for aces, she helped the Dutchgirls sweep St. James in two sets.

Solid serving was also beneficial for Kari Nolting’s eighth-grade Dutchgirl volleyball team Friday afternoon against St. James.

Service runs from Kyla Hendrix and game one and Olivia Vandegriffe in game two helped OMS also sweep the eighth-grade match in two sets over St. James, 25-15 and 25-20.

Tied at 9-9 in game one, Kyla Hendrix took over serving the next eight points giving the Dutchgirls a 17-9 lead.

Three Shelby Malone service points later in game one helped Owensville wrap up the first set against St. James.

Overcoming a barrage of errors to open game two, OMS used a six-point service run from Vandegriffe to sweep the Lady Tigers six days after defeating them in pool play during the Owensville Tournament.

Last Tuesday in Union, the both teams needed three sets for victories. Dropping the first set, OMS’ 7th graders won the next two and the match 14-25, 25-17 and 25-17.

Splitting the first two sets, OMS’ 8th graders won the match 25-23, 22-25 and 25-20.