ENID, Okla. — Nearly a full month into the prep volleyball season, Chisholm has just two losses. Both are against rival Oklahoma Bible Academy.
"It seems like it's almost a trap to some degree," Longhorns head coach Shane Dent said Monday evening. "With our girls, it's just they feel they've got to play it smart and we lose our edge."
Behind a solid defensive performance, OBA was able to defeat Chisholm for the second time in as many weeks Monday, ending the match in four sets (25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19).
In the previous meeting between the foes two weeks ago, the Trojans edged the Longhorns in a five-set thriller on its home court.
Dent added OBA's safe-play approach of waiting for its opponent to make a mistake forced Chisholm out of their comfort zone.
"When we get sucked into playing that style of game, we take ourselves out of what we do best," he said. "That's not our style. We're aggressive, we're passionate. We're going to make mistakes, but normally we're a free-swinging team and we will break them eventually."
In the first set, the Trojans (12-7) were able to pull away in the back half after the Longhorns (12-2) committed several unforced errors.
Chisholm led by as many as six points in the second set, but OBA rallied to tie the score, 18-18. With the score tied, 21-21, the Longhorns scored four of the final five points in the set to tie the match.
However it was the only set Chisholm won.
The Trojans never trailed in the third set, leading by as much as 15 before the Longhorns chipped away in the final few volleys.
The fourth and final set remained close throughout, but it was OBA that took a slight advantage after a 14-14 tie and never surrendered its lead.
Faith Beagley recorded the match-winning point with her second serving ace of the contest.
Dent gave credit to the Trojans after the loss, complimenting them on their stern mindset.
"If they lack anything in athleticism, they make up for 10-times in mental toughness," Dent said. "They are a mentally tough team — disciplined. Hats off to them. They got us twice this year."
Since the start of the 2015 season, OBA now has five wins in the series, while Chisholm has four.
OBA head coach Randy Roth was pleased with the Trojans performance against a highly talented Longhorns squad, adding quality passing was the difference in his view.
"Our setter didn't have to scramble very much," he said. "Bekah Gungol had 49 digs, and most of those were toward the target."
Gungol's showing created plenty of attacking opportunities for her teammates. Sydney Winter posted a match-high 17 kills, while Ashlyn Orr added another nine.
OBA finished with 38 kills compared to Chisholm's 22. Longhorns outside hitter Courtney Petersen had a team-high 10 kills.
With the OSSAA rankings being released next week, Roth is hopeful the Trojans; two quality wins against Chisholm will prove beneficial.
The Longhorns two losses against OBA are the only matches this season in which they've dropped at least two sets. Chisholm's set record in its 12 wins is 30-4. Against the Trojans, the Longhorns are 6-3.
"Hopefully when regional pairings come out people notice that," Roth said. "The girls are hoping to get to host a playoff game."
OBA aims for its fourth consecutive victory when it travels to Corn Bible Academy (12-8) Tuesday at 6 p.m. before participating in the Cache Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
"They're a solid program," Roth said of CBA. "We've got to be ready for that."
Chisholm also hits the road for a contest against Hennessey (5-11) Thursday at 6 p.m.