Petrolia’s hopes of returning to the regional tournament for the first time since 2009 were dashed Tuesday night as the Bryson Cowgirls lassoed the Lady Pirates in four sets 25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24 in the Region I-A Quarterfinal.
Bryson moves on to Friday’s regional semifinal at The Coliseum in Snyder. The Cowgirls will play the winner of No. 1-ranked Water Valley and Sterling City at 9 a.m.
Allie Ablia and Kirsten Kenyon tallied 11 and 10 kills respectively for the Lady Pirates (18-15) but Bryson’s defense was stiffer than what Petrolia coach DeDe Gray had initially expected.
"What killed us was their defense," she said."Their defense was just amazing. We had several big kills and the ball came right back at us."
Aside from their defensive efforts, Bryson took advantage of 10 Lady Pirate serving errors in the contest to fuel a 2-0 advantage over Petrolia early in the match.
"We didn’t serve as well as we normally do," said Gray. "We were a little tight. We had missed serves that turned everything around. It was just one of those nights."
Petrolia rebounded with a two-point win in the third game, but found trouble scoring against the Cowgirls’ defense down the stretch of game four.
The Lady Pirates played their regional quarterfinal without starting middle back Cheyenne Reese, who suffered a concussion earlier in the week and was ruled out for the game.
Sophomore Sidney Mobley filled in and served 100 percent from the line along with Kirsten Kenyon in the defeat.
"I thought we adjusted well (to Reese’s absence) but they (Bryson) are just good," Gray said. "I thought we played extremely well the last two games. We just didn’t come out on top. I was hoping we would go a little further but we gave it a hard fight."
Hanna Heuring and Alyssa Wesley finished with five and four kills in the loss.
Petrolia advanced to the regional quarterfinals by knocking off past playoff nemesis Munday in the Area round Saturday.
The Mogulettes had defeated Petrolia in the second round the past two seasons, but the Lady Pirates returned the favor by topping the District 6-A champions 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17.
Ablia chalked up eight kills and six blocks, while Katie Cummings had four kills and four blocks. Macey Hall added another four kills and Kenyon finished with three kills. Freshman Brittney Ablia had four blocks.