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Cache volleyballers go 1-2 to start Tulsa meet

TULSA  Letdowns in the second set of the first two matches of the day was enough to prevent Cache's volleyball team from having a chance to play for the championship in the talent-laden field of the Tulsa Cascia Hall Invitational tournament Friday.

The Bulldogs, who are the lone public school in the eight-team field, finished the day at 1-2 in pool play and that was not good enough to advance to the championship bracket. Instead the Bulldogs will play either Holland Hall or Tulsa Bishop Kelley today in the semifinals of the Silver Bracket at 9 a.m. If they win that one they would play for the division title at 10:30 a.m.

In the first match Cache lost to defending 5A state champion Heritage Hall by the scores of 23-25, 18-25, 25-22 and 18-25. Then they lost an even tougher match to Victory Christian by the scores of 25-20, 12-25, 24-26, 25-16 and 11-15. Kenny White's club then settled down and played much better in the third match, routing host Cascia Hall, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-11.

"The thing that killed us against Heritage Hall was serving; we missed nine serves and that's just not our style," White said. "We normally are very solid, aggressive with our serves. But it was obvious we were a little nervous and scared there in those first two matches.

"Against Victory, we win the opening set and then just go flat and get whipped 25-12. We just weren't consistent there in those two matches and it knocked us out of getting to play for the title. But it's early in the season and this is all about getting experience against great competition. We use this to prepare for the playoffs because this is as tough a competition as we will face."

White said the entire team played well when it got over the nervous start, but he said that seniors Brittnee Altic and Amanda Rhodes were especially impressive Friday. 

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