Lauren Winslow had high expectations for the Small West team at the All-State volleyball matches, but a sweep seemed unlikely.
Yet Winslow of Christian Heritage Academy and her West teammates took all three games, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19, Tuesday night at Bixby.
“We thought it was gonna be really hard, because the girls on the East team were really good,” said Winslow, who earned Most Valuable Player honors for the match. “We expected it to be neck-and-neck. so it was really fun.”
After winning the first game, the West fell behind 21-20 late in the second, but closed it out by scoring five of the final six points.
Not only did Winslow get to play one final match with CHA teammate Elizabeth Tracy, she was joined by several familiar faces in her final high school match.
“It was a lot of fun, because almost everyone on my team I had played with in club or on other things, so it was fun getting to play with everyone one last time,” she said.
LARGE EAST WINS TIGHT MATCH
The large-school All-State match provided considerably more excitement, with the East coming out on top 2-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-22).
The game included several long, dramatic points and momentum swings.
After a West rally, the deciding game was tied at 21 before the East put it away.
Tulsa Kelley's Claire Kelley was named the Most Valuable Player of the match.
AWARD WINNERS NAMED
Claire Kelley, who played a key role for Tulsa Kelley's sixth consecutive state championship team, was named the Jim Thorpe Volleyball Player of the Year.
Edmond Santa Fe's Will Ethridge was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Wolves to the Class 6A state semifinals.
Three athletes — one from each classification — were named winners of the Jesse Cooper Scholarship.
Tulsa Kelley's Madison Maddox received the award for Class 6A. The 5A honor went to Adrienne Creech of Catoosa, and Oklahoma Union's Paige Perkins received the 4A scholarship.