The Edmond Sun
Edmond North topped Santa Fe for the championship trophy in the Tulsa Union Tournament, but since then, the Lady Wolves volleyballers have been spotless, roaring to a formidable 12-1 mark.
Santa Fe held court at home in the Heather Harkness Memorial Tournament Friday, sweeping both Putnam City (25-14, 25-14, 25-12) and Heritage Hall (25-18, 25-21, 25-22). Edmond North blanked Southmoore 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-12) and the Lady Huskies needed five games to do away with stubborn Edmond Memorial (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11). The championship is slated for today at 4:45 p.m.
Memorial also fell on hard luck in its morning session, as Heritage Hall topped the Bulldogs in five games.
“A week ago Thursday we paid back North,” Santa Fe head coach Will Ethridge said. “We’ve had amazing home crowds. Edmond is definitely a hotbed for volleyball. Across the board, all three Edmond schools are strong.”
In last year’s state finals, Tulsa Kelley won ensued by Memorial with both Santa Fe and North making it to the semifinals.
Santa Fe’s Aerial Jackson was solid at center court in game one against the Chargers and in game 2 she stuck her hand over the net for a big kill to get the Wolves even at 14. From there, Santa Fe outscored Heritage Hall 11-7 to go up 2-0 as Jordan Spence added a power spike. Spence also picked up a big kill on a brilliant set by Kaleo Kanahele for a 24-21 cushion before taking game 3 by three points.
In Edlam in game 5, Edmond North rode the final serves of senior Chanelle McCormick, who had serves spinning off of Lady Bulldog hands as did fellow Husky Rachel Manriquez in the deciding frame.
North sophomore Hannah Rose Frohling was getting set up with some healthy spikes from the left side in the fifth game as well.
Prior to the Lady Huskies getting loose for the win, short in stature senior Kaila Gier elevated as if she were six-feet tall for a “back at ya” spike.