The Central Christian College volleyball team had not played a home game since Sept. 28. The Tigers were long overdue to play in front of their home crowd, and when they finally got the chance, they gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about.
Central snapped a six game losing streak Wednesday night inside of Jerry E. Alexander Arena, defeating visiting Bacone College in five sets, 25-20, 18-25, 18-25, 25-22, 16-14. The Tigers are now 6-17 on the year and 2-12 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The first set was tight the entire way, but the Tigers pulled away late. Up 18-16, Central scored five consecutive points to create the necessary separation to win the first set.
The second set was a bit more lopsided, as Bacone used an 11-3 run midway through to level the match at one set apiece.
The third set was a painful one for the Tigers. The two teams evenly fought for the majority of the set, but at 16-16 Bacone used a 9-2 run to take a commanding lead in the match.
On the brink of elimination, Central stood its ground and maintained a slight lead over Bacone for the majority of the match. However, Bacone quickly erased a four-point deficit late to tie the set a 21. But from there the Tigers won four of the next five points to send the match to a deciding fifth set.
The fifth set in college volleyball is played to 15 instead of 25, giving each team much less margin for error. The fifth set also emphasizes a quick start, which is something the Tigers had.
Central won four of the first five points, only to see Bacone come back to tie the set at five. Central edged its lead to 10-6 and even 12-8 before Bacone came back to tie the match at 14.
Central senior Kasi Kraus took over from there, winning the next point with a kill and on match point, forcing an attacking error. After five grueling sets, the Tigers were victorious in front of the home crowd.
The Tigers have four remaining games, all at home, to close out the season. They are next in action on Saturday when they host John Brown University.
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