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High school volleyball: Victory over Tulsa Kelley a confidence-booster for Edmond North

New players, new coach? No problem. Huskies look like the old Huskies again.
by Scott Wright Published: September 5, 2012
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photo - GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Edmond North's Maggie Benson, left, and Sydnie Gabbard go for the block against Norman North's Grace Lamar during a volleyball match in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Edmond North's Maggie Benson, left, and Sydnie Gabbard go for the block against Norman North's Grace Lamar during a volleyball match in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

EDMOND — In the early days of the season, Edmond North volleyball coach Kimo Aweau knew his team would need some time to get in unison.

With a few new starters playing for a new coach trying to achieve at a very high level, it wasn't going to be a quick and easy transition to success.

But that was in the early days of the season.

Last Thursday, the Huskies proved they're ready for the best the state has to offer, taking down defending Class 6A champion Tulsa Kelley in four sets (16-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22). Edmond North became just the third in-state team in the last four years to beat the Comets, who won the previous four Class 5A titles before the bump to 6A last year.

“It was definitely a huge confidence-booster for us,” senior Maggie Benson said. “It's very exciting to be playing as well as we did.

“We're all getting used to each other. It's a challenge, but it's fun when we figure it out.”

With the win, Edmond North improved to 10-1 and took over the No. 1 spot in the coaches' rankings this week. But one win over Kelley doesn't make the season.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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