Winning three of four sets against East Lansing in volleyball on Tuesday put Okemos in the driver’s seat for the CAAC Blue title.
“Four of the kids on the floor at the end were on a state championship soccer team, so they’ve been in that intensity and pressure,” said Okemos head coach Jamie Ianni.
The pivotal third set was tied at seven before the turning point of the match. Okemos gained an 8-7 lead after a point that saw both teams have over 20 touches. The Chiefs never looked back and won the set 25-16 to take control of the match.
In the fourth set, East Lansing rallied but with the score 22-22 Okemos won the final three points to win.
“We served tough down the stretch and kudos to the girls for sticking together,” Ianni said.
A 6-0 run that took the score from 7-4 to 13-4 gave the Chiefs control of the first set. Okemos would hold on for a 25-19 victory.
The score went back and forth in the second set until it was tied at 11. The Trojans went on a 4-0 run and would eventually win the set 25-17.
Berkleigh Brogan had 35 assists, 21 digs and four aces for Okemos (21-6-4, 7-0), which also got 12 kills from Abby Grimm, six blocks from Jessica Richard and 21 digs from Erica Tooker.
Kennedy Marker made 22 kills, three blocks and four aces for East Lansing (24-6-3, 6-1), while Piper Tucker added 25 digs and Kadijah Kalo 21 assists and three blocks.
Despite the loss, the Trojans are confident they will bounce back.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday at the CAAC Blue tournament, when the league title will be decided.
“I have a senior-laden team that knows what is expected of them,” said East Lansing head coach Jan Dreffs. “Hopefully we see Okemos on Saturday.”