WICHITA FALLS – Allison Bussey, Windthorst Trojanette Head Coach, broke even last Saturday afternoon in the Rider Gym for the first ever Oil Bowl Volleyball Classic. Her Small School West Team fell to the East Team in two set 25-17, 27-25. She got even with a West Team Large School victory 25-17, 26-24. Both matches were close with the final sets going down to the wire. The abundance of quality players in the area allowed the Oil Bowl organizers to expand the event to two matches. One featuring small school players and one featuring bigger school players.
The Large School West Team came out on top thanks in large part to the efforts at the net by Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter, Brea Box, from Holliday. She is headed to Abilene Christian University to continue her volleyball career. Her Lady Eagle teammate, Libero, Mikaylee Parker, was assigned to the Large School East Team.
The Small School West Team featured Archer City’s Libero, Sam Clements, and Windthorst’s Middle Hitter Mollee Kirk. Kirk led the way to take a 17-11 lead in the second set with multiple kills and aggressive play at the net. She teamed up at the net with Bryson’s Sydney Davidson. Clements was busy digging out kills and serves to keep volleys alive for the players at the net.
The West Texas Small School roster featured players from Archer City, Gold-Burg, City View, Chillicothe, Bryson, Perrin-Witt, Quanah and Windthorst. The East Small School players came from Lindsay, Benjamin, Chico, Notre Dame, Petrolia, Electra, Northside, and Newcastle. The West Large School team was composed of players from Rider, Boyd, WFHS, Holliday, Callisburg, Hirschi, Christ Academy, and Burkburnett. The East Large School featured players from Rider, Christ Academy, Callisburg, Bowie, Henrietta, Boyd, and Holliday.
Given the success of the first ever Oil Bowl Volleyball Classic it is sure bet next year will offer more of the same. The level of volleyball talent in the area should make this a must see event in the future.