As the Mustang Broncos entered the final set against Union Monday night, Mikayla Eagle and the team’s seniors had one message for the rest of the squad.
“We haven’t won a home game in over a year, and we have all these people watching us,” she said. “Everybody believes in us, coach believes in us, and we all believe in each other.
“So, let’s bring it and show everybody what we’ve got.”
Those words were heard loud and clear as the Broncos ran off a 15-8 run in the fifth set to knock off the Redhawks 3-2 at Mustang Event Center – the team’s first regular season home win since defeating Westmoore on senior night in 2020.
“It felt great,” Eagle said. “After not winning one last year and then winning our first one this year, it feels amazing.”
Mustang jumped out to a two-set lead, including an exciting 37-35 second set win that seemingly sucked any momentum away from Union. However, the Broncos dropped the third set 25-13 and the fourth 25-22, forcing a fifth set tiebreaker.
“We had the energy early and were ready to fight and ready to go,” Eagle said. “I think it kind of died down and we got a little too comfortable. But we still had that fight even when we were trying to adjust in the third set.
“In the fourth it kind of came back to us and then at the end we found it and closed it out. We found a way to bring the energy when we needed it.”
The two teams exchanged points to a 6-6 tie in the fifth set before Mustang closed out the victory with a 9-2 run. The Broncos scored on nine of their final 10 serves.
Mustang is now 2-4 with two straight victories, including a three-set win over Norman in the team’s final match at the 2022 Norman tournament last weekend.
Head coach Blake Newman felt his team build momentum with the victory over the Tigers, which followed losses to Broken Arrow, Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, and Edmond North.
“It was the best way the weekend could have ended, especially after the way it began,” Newman said. “We played free and started dominating after a weekend full of playing scared and being afraid to make mistakes.
“We finally saw what I have known was there. I saw a lot of personal and team growth come out of it. They just have to believe in themselves and trust the girls around them. That’s when they’re playing their best and that’s when it’s exciting.”
The Broncos hit the road this weekend for the 2022 Muskogee tournament, playing both Friday and Saturday before heading to Edmond Memorial next Tuesday for the team’s first regular season road match.