The Edmond Sun

October 6, 2012

Everybody’s in: Edmond teams head to state volleyball tournament

Drew Harmon
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond’s three volleyball teams are headed to state after each won their regional tournament at home Thursday night.

Edmond Memorial topped Lawton 25-6, 25-7, 25-5 before defeating Bishop McGuinness in the final 25-11, 25-15, 25-13.

With head coach Natalie Murray out on maternity leave, the Bulldogs are under the direction of interim head coach Amanda Ayers, who played libero on Memorial’s state championship teams in 2009 and 2010, and assistant coach Elanna Killackey.

Edmond North beat Mustang in three sets in the semifinal, 25-8, 25-12, 25-2. The Huskies then beat Norman in three sets in the final, 25-10, 25-6, 25-11.

Kate Decker led North in kills with 7, followed by Mallory Fox and Allison Barr with 6. Rachel Manriquez led the team in aces with 6, passing with a 2.71 and digs with 7.

Santa Fe defeated Putnam City North in the semis, 25-12, 25-8, 25-11.

The Wolves then defeated Southmoore 25-20, 25-12, 25-20 to win their 20th straight regional championship and trip to the state tournament.

“It was a great accomplishment for us against a strong and underrated Southmoore team,” Santa Fe coach Will Ethridge said. “I am very proud of the level of play we have been able to play consistently all season. We are very excited about post season play!”

Santa Fe ends the regular season 23-10. The Wolves are likely to face No. 5 Stillwater in the first round, Ethridge said.

For the regional tournament, Santa Fe’s leaders were Mandy Dolph with 6 aces and 23 digs, Hannah Naylor with a .684 hitting percentage, Jordan Spence with 24 kills and 2 blocks and Kaleo Kanahele with 71 assists.

The OSSAA will release the official state brackets next week.The state quarterfinals will be Friday at Shawnee High School. The semifinals and finals will be Saturday at Westmoore High School.

Edmond teams made up three of the four semifinal teams in 2011; Bishop Kelley won the title.