Class 5A-6A state volleyball live blog
9:30 p.m.: Memorial’s Caitlin Scott slams home the winning point and the Lady Bulldogs are state champs in a thrilling 18-16 fifth game.
Quite a day at Sapulpa’s Chieftain Center. Your 5A champion is Tulsa Kelley and Edmond Memorial takes home the 6A crown.
9:05 p.m.: Memorial trailed early in the fourth game, taking its first lead at 16-15, but ran away with it in the end. The 25-20 win forced a fifth set for the first time in either of the 5A or 6A state tournaments this weekend. Talk about saving the best for last.
8:40 p.m.: Memorial fought back to within 22-18, but Union escaped with the win in game three, taking a 2-1 advantage.
8:19 p.m.: Union out to a 10-0 lead in the third game, sucking all the momentum to their side of the net.
8:12 p.m.: Memorial tried to put together a late rally, but Union was able to close it out and even the match at a game apiece. No match all weekend in either class has made it to a fifth game. Maybe this is the one.
7:47 p.m.: Micha Hancock landed a few big kills and the Memorial Bulldogs jumped out to take the first game of the 6A state match, 25-12, over Tulsa Union.
7:27 p.m.: I see some navy blue and green amid the Memorial fans. Looks like some North and Santa Fe folks hung around to support their neighbors in the title match, which is about to begin.
6:33 p.m.: Chalk up a three-peat for Tulsa Kelley. With a 25-14 win in the third game, Kelley swept the final match over McGuinness to win the school’s ninth volleyball title in the last 12 years.
We’ll get going with Memorial-Union for the 6A title at 7:15 p.m.
6:12 p.m.: Kelley scored the final three points for a thrilling 28-26 win in the second game and a 2-0 lead in the match. Easily the best game of the entire state tournament in either class so far.
5:58 p.m.: The second game is looking like it’ll be a showdown to the final point as McGuinness found the answer it needed to get back in this match. We’re tied at 14 with both sides scoring big points.
5:41 p.m.: Tulsa Kelley scored the first eight points of the game and got itself out to a quick 1-0 lead wiht a 25-10 win to start the 5A title match. McGuinness will be looking to bounce back quickly, but they’ve got to do something to discard the frustration that swallowed them up early in the first game.
4:38 p.m.: Memorial coasted through the third game to take the match, advancing to the state final in 6A. They’ll face Union at 7:15 p.m.
An interesting move by Edmond North coach Tanna Smith midway through the final game. The first-year coach called a timeout with her team trailing 16-6. She immediately took her team down a hallway in the corner of the gym, out of the sight of fans, for the duration of the 60-second timeout, presumably to light a fire in her players. It worked somewhat. The Lady Huskies matched Memorial point-for-point the rest of the match, but that obviously wasn’t enough.
As for the next match, Bishop McGuinness lost in its only match against Tulsa Kelley during the season. The Irish did take a game, which is more than most Oklahoma teams can say. The Comets are 29-0 this season against in-state competition.
4:13 p.m.: Memorial had to play from behind in the second game, but still managed a narrow win and a 2-0 lead in this 6A semifinal match. The Lady Bulldogs look like a team on a mission.
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