Okaw Valley volleyball (22-10) got upset on Thursday and backed their way into the playoffs. Argenta surprised the Timberwolves winning game 1, 26-24. Okaw Valley came back, in set 2, 25-17, but the pendulum swung back to the bombers in the 3rd set and won the marathon, 25-20.

Okaw swung for 25 kills, served 5 aces and rose for 9 blocks for 39 attack points out of 69 total (56%) and still lost to Argenta. AO had 29 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks for just 34 attack points out of 68 total points (50%).

Okaw scooped 42 digs, but AO scooped 47 digs and had 27 errors. Argenta took 62 receives and had just 4 errors.

Okaw’s Grace Bunfill led Okaw in court defense with 11 digs as well as dishing all 22 assists. She also had 3 kills and an ace. Okaw’s Kate Jeffers blocked 5 kills and swung for 6 of her own for 11 net points. She added an ace for 12 attack points.

Both Paige Coleman and Macie Fleshner had 8 attack points. Fleshner’s came on a team-high 8 kills. Coleman had 6 kills, and ace and a block. Coleman also had 9 digs. Karson Park stepped up with 7 digs.

Keely Meador led Argenta with 13 kills and a block for 14 attack points. She hit 44.8% at the net. Tipsword and Scales followed with 5 kills, each. AO hit 32.6% of their kill attempts.

Ireland McHood and Katy Morrison led the court defense with 11 and 10 digs, defensively. Morrison and McHood also led in passing by taking 20 serve receives, each. McHood had just 2 errors and Morrison one. Riley Jones dished 15 assists and Cassi Newbanks set 10.

Okaw Valley (22-10) plays in the Kansas 1A Regional on Tuesday, probably against Villa Grove. They should play in the title match against Tri-County on Thursday.

Thursday

Argenta def. Okaw Valley, 26-24, 17-25, 25-20

Okaw stats: Kate Jeffers 6 kills, 5 blocks, 1 ace, 2 digs; Paige Coleman 6 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, 9 digs; Macie Fleshner 8 kills, 3 digs; Grace Bunfill 22 assists, 11 digs; Avery Bruns 2 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs; April Decesaro 2 aces, 6 digs; Karson Park 7 digs

AO stats: Meador 13 kills, 1 block; Tipsword kills, 1 block, 1 dig, 1 rec (0 err); Scales 5 kills, 3 digs, 8 rec (1 err); Newbanks 3 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs, 10 assists, 5 rec (err); Jones 1 kill, 1 ace, 3 digs, 15 assists; McHood 1 kill, 11 digs, 1 assist, 20 rec (2 err); Morrison 1 ace, 10 digs, 20 rec (1 err) ; Valladares 5 digs, 1 rec (0 err); Bohm 4 digs, 7 rec (0 err); Daley 3 digs; Patton 1 dig

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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