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October 19, 2013

Edlam, tonight?

Santa Fe versus North possible state title match

BIXBY — It just could be.

This evening at 6:15, it could be Edlam at Bixby High School for the Class 6A state volleyball championship pitting Edmond North against No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe.

Both schools won first-round state matches Friday afternoon as the Lady Huskies zipped past Southmoore 3-zip and the Lady Wolfpack did the same thing in a 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 triumph over Stillwater. North is the only team to defeat Santa Fe this season, which has won 27 consecutive matches since that time and currently stands at 34-1.

“We played pretty well,” Lady Wolves coach Will Ethridge said after the win over Stillwater. “We need to hit the ball a little better. We played good defense, passed well, served well.”

Should Santa Fe defeat Jenks at 12:30 today and North take care of business following at 2:15, then an all-Edmond matchup will take place at 6:15 for all the marbles.

In the Wolves’ second victory over Stillwater this fall, Jordan Spence produced eight kills and Shannon McDowell posted a .750 attack percentage. Both Samantha Ethridge and Kaitlyn Dillon had three aces each. Spence also blocked a couple of shots and Ethridge came away with 23 digs.

Edmond Memorial got eliminated 3-0 by Tulsa Kelley in the opening round.

In Class 5A at Sand Springs, Deer Creek made its first school appearance in the state tournament.

Tulsa Victory Christian won the first game narrowly at 25-23, but broke open game two 25-17 and cruised in the third game 25-20 to send the Lady Antlers back home.

“Their (Tulsa Kelley) middle was really good and their setter did really well,” said Deer Creek head coach Lisa Polcovich. “It was a good experience. Yes, I’m disappointed because we could play so much better.”

The Antlers finish the year 28-7 and were regional and conference champs for the first time. Before the match, Deer Creek was the recipient of the Class 5A Academic state championship trophy.

“We lost 25-23 in the first set and the girls came out and competed,” Polcovich said. “Jessie Heiden had a solid game.”

Heiden, a senior, ends her career with teammates Taylor Turner, Caitlyn Prather, Madison Kitchens and Josie Vinyard.

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