I’ve officially stopped trying to figure out the coaches’ volleyball polls at OKRankings.com. One thing that seems to be apparent is that head-to-head victories don’t mean a whole lot.
Two weeks ago, Tulsa Union had defeated Edmond Santa Fe, but remained behind them in the rankings. Then last week, when both teams went unbeaten, Union jumped ahead. This week, Santa Fe beat Union, but lost to Edmond Memorial — which also beat Union — and Santa Fe jumped to No. 1, Memorial to No. 2 and Union fell to No. 3.
Shawnee made its debut in the 6A rankings. Had they remained in 5A, I think they’d be a top contender for a spot in the state tournament, but in 6A that’ll be tough. They’re a talented team, though.
In 5A, not much has changed, with Tulsa Kelley, McGuinness and Carl Albert holding the top three spots. Tulsa Washington has faded, sliding from No. 2 to No. 5 over the last few weeks. But Tuesday night’s win over McGuinness was a good statement win for a team that people were unsure about.
In 4A, Oklahoma Bible Academy and Christian Heritage both made a move to No. 3 and 6, respectively. Christian Heritage is an interesting team, which I will be writing about in Thursday’s Oklahoman. It’s still hard to tell if anyone out there will be able to challenge Heritage Hall for the crown. Head-to-head, Heritage has beaten just about every one of the top 4A teams during the season.
The 4A regionals begin Thursday and will be completed by Saturday, so we’ll know the state tournament field this weekend.
– Scott Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org