By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
QUAPAW, Okla. —
Pierce City got the best of Lockwood during the regular volleyball season.
But the stakes will be different today when the Spring River Valley Conference members tangle at Rich Hill in the sectional round of the MSHSAA Class 1 playoffs.
The schedule calls for Lockwood (17-12-1) and Pierce City (21-9-4) to clash at 3 p.m. Osceola (24-10) and Rich Hill (17-10-1) are scheduled to meet at 4:30.
Winners will play in the quarterfinals 30 minutes after the second match to determine a representative for the semifinal round robin competition next week in the Show Me Center at Cape Girardeau.
Lockwood and College Heights Christian shared the SRVC title with 8-1 records. But Pierce City, which was 7-2 for third place, rallied to beat visiting Lockwood 22-25. 25-22, 25-9 on Oct. 11.
The difference in the match between veteran-dominated squads?
Said Lockwood coach Jamie Roschevitz: “We had overall several defensive mistakes in that third set.”
Pierce City coach Alison Davis singled out an intangible — the value of playing at home.
“Lockwood will be an outstanding opponent. We were fortunate to play at home,” Davis said. “We have great fan support. We appreciate the way they follow us.”
Davis, who’s assisted by Lanese Witt-Schulte, and Roschevitz, who’s assisted by Kara Kinney, are in their second seasons as head coach of their respective teams.
Pierce City was in Class 2 last season and reached a quarterfinal at Clever. The Eagles defeated Strafford before losing to Clever.
Pierce City returns several players from that team, Davis acknowledged.
“But our success definitely has been a team effort,” Davis said. “We have that experience. Still, we’ve had sophomores step up. We’re a complete team.”
Roschevitz (formerly Crane) is a graduate of Wheaton High School, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Missouri Southern. She assisted a year at McAuley Catholic before moving to Lockwood.
The Lockwood veterans include seven seniors in Emily Bowman, Courtney Brooks, Samantha Niehoff, Tristen Patterson, Brianne Schmiegelow, Chloe Sowell and Ellen Stefan.
Other key players, Roschevitz said, are junior Madison Coose and sophomore Alexis Byrnes.
Sophomores Emily Backs, Olivia Finley and Jessica Nentrup complete the roster.
Davis, who prepped in Iowa (some 100 miles north of Des Moines), attended Evangel University in Springfield.
Pierce City mainstays include senior Becca Hatfield, senior Krishna Merriman, senior Brianna Zebert, junior Jenny Kaiser, junior Christine Younker, sophomore Amber Wagner and sophomore Courtney Zebert (Brianna’s cousin).
Davis also calls on junior Laney Parrigon and three more sophomores in Allie Crede, Madison Flummerfelt and Shania Hogan.