Okaw Valley volleyball has the best record in the Shelby Area this season, 18-9, but the T'Wolves took their second loss in a row on Monday.
After losing the LPC Conference Championship match on Thursday to Heritage, 13-25, 25-21, 17-25, Okaw lost to Arthur Okaw Christian on Monday, 15-25, 24-26.
Okaw hit 31 kills, 4 aces, and stuffed 5 blocks against Heritage for 40 attack points out of just 55 points (72.7%). Okaw needed to score another 15 points in the match to compete for the title.
Kate Jeffers accounted for 15 attack points 11 kills, 1 ace, 3 blocks) and Paige Coleman 12 in the 3-set match. Coleman also led the defense with 11 digs.
Grace Bunfill dished 25 assists towards 32 kills (78%). They scooped 41 digs, but it just wasn't enough as Heritage rock 'n rolled in the 1st and 3rd sets.
Heritage def. Okaw Valley, 25-13, 21-25, 25-17
Okaw stats: Kate Jeffers 11 kills, 1 ace, 3 blocks, 3 digs; Paige Coleman 12 kills, 11 digs; Grace Bunfill 25 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs; April Decesaro 8 digs, 1 ace; Macie Fleshner 1 ace, 6 kills, 8 digs; Karson Park 5 digs; Delaney Johnson 1 block, 3 digs; Avery Bruns 2 kills, 1 block
Arthur Christian caught the T'Wolves flat-footed on Columbus Day, winning the first set by double-digits. Okaw forced a fight in the 2nd set, but got nipped in overtime for the straight set loss.
Arthur limited Okaw to just 14 kills from 13 assists (93%) in this match. Kate Jeffers led with 7 kills. Okaw managed just 18 attack points out of just 39 total points (46%). Okaw had 14 kills, no aces, and 4 blocks. Jeffers led with 9 attack points, Fleshner 4 and Coleman just 3.
Okaw scooped 33 digs, falling short in the first set. April Decesaro and Paige Coleman led with 8 each.
Okaw Valley (18-9) hosts Sangamon Valley on Tuesday.
Arthur Okaw Christian def. Okaw Valley, 25-15, 26-24
Okaw stats: Kate Jeffers 7 kills, 2 blocks; Grace Bunfill 13 assists, 4 digs; Macie Fleshner 2 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs; Paige Coleman 3 kills, 8 digs; April Decesaro 8 digs; Karson Park 4 digs; Avery Bruns 2 kills; Delaney Johnson 1 dig