Karisa Almgren has accomplished about everything she possibly can in volleyball on the high school level, and yet she’s only a sophomore.

Good thing she has lots of teammates to take care of.

The Edmond Memorial standout was just honored as the Oklahoma Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, two months after leading her Lady Bulldogs to the Class 6A state championship. She also was the MVP of the state tournament.

With two more years of her prep career remaining, though, Almgren says she’s far from finished.

“I want to continue that on next year and get some of the younger girls to experience what I’ve experienced this year,” she said. “They need that.”

Almgren was the centerpiece of a Memorial team that came out of nowhere to finish atop the heap this past season. Her Lady Bulldogs entered the season unranked, before climbing up to No. 3 entering the state tournament. They had to win a grueling three straight with their backs to the wall to get the title, but they managed it with ease.

“It was pretty much perfect,” Almgren said. “Obviously, nobody expected any of this to come true. But I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Aside from helping some of her younger teammates realize the splendor of winning it all, Almgren also plans on shaping her own game up over the next couple of years.

This summer, she’ll be playing for a new club team, the Oklahoma Peek Performance. The team includes many of the top players from around the state, including several from Edmond.

“I want to work on the little things to make them perfect and not have to think about them during games,” Almgren said. “I just want to speed everything up.”

Every now and then, the sophomore might also stop to ponder on just how quickly she’s accomplished so much.

“If you would’ve told me this in the sixth grade, that all of it would come as a sophomore,” Almgren said, “I wouldn’t have believed you.”


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