The Central Christian College volleyball team hosted the Haskell Indian Nations University Indians on Wednesday night, and fell in straight sets 23-25, 21-25, 22-25.
The Tigers were competitive in all three sets, but just didn't have an answer defensively for Haskell's Alliyah Richards. Richards, an extremely talented middle hitter, hit .439 against the Tigers with 20 kills on 41 attempts and just two errors. She was joined in double figure kills by Cailey Lujan who recorded 14.
In each of the sets, when Richards was in the game, the Indians would make a run and take a lead on the Tigers. When she exited the floor, the Tigers made runs of their own to close the gap. Inevitably Richards returned to the floor late in each set, and when her team needed a big kill she was there to deliver. All three sets were close, but the Tigers just couldn't find away over the hump in the latter stages of the sets.
Makalyn Tuttle led the Tiger offense with 11 kills. Kacie Platt and Kasi Kraus were right behind Tuttle, each notching eight kills in the loss. Defensively, the Tigers had 61 defensive digs, and three blocks, two of them solo blocks by Sarah Post. Three Tigers had double digit dig totals led by Kraus with 19 and then followed by Rebekah Glessner with 15 and Desiree Padilla with 12.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 6-20 on the season. They will finish the year on Saturday afternoon when they host the Oklahoma City University Stars. Saturday will also be senior day for the Tigers. They will honor five players: Kraus, Post, Tuttle, Hannah Fredrickson, and Valerie Hess, who will be putting on the Tiger uniform for the last time. First serve on Saturday is set for 3 p.m.