Heritage Hall kept its bid for a state title alive Friday. The No. 1-ranked Chargers routed No. 8 Lincoln Christian 3-0 at Westmoore High School.
Six different Chargers notched two or more kills in the match, including sophomore Gabby Helton, who had five. Helton admitted being nervous before the match but said she felt better as the match wore on.
“I think we just kept the talk up and kept pushing points,” she said. “We never gave up and played as a team the whole game.”
Helton wasn't the only Heritage Hall player battling nerves before the game. Senior Carter Cloud said she felt butterflies in her belly just before the first serve of the match.
“The first round can be really nerve-wracking, but I think we did a really good job and we're looking forward to tomorrow,” Cloud said.
Heritage Hall (25-2) has seven underclassmen on its roster, some of whom haven't experienced a state tournament atmosphere before. But their lack of experience didn't show.
“The way that they played today looks good for tomorrow,” Cloud said.
Chargers coach Bill Hamiter liked what he saw from his team but emphasized a need to focus on the semifinal match against Christian Heritage Academy at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Westmoore High School.
“We can't think about winning a state championship until we get there,” Hamiter said. “We gotta think a point at a time. The only way we're going to win a state championship is a point at a time.”
TRACY LEADS CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PAST TROJANS
Senior Elizabeth Tracy recorded nine kills in No. 4 Christian Heritage Academy's 3-0 victory against No. 5 Oklahoma Bible Academy. Six of Tracy's kills came in the first set of the match.
Tracy is looking forward to competing in the semifinal match against Heritage Hall.
“We're gonna work hard,” she said. “We're going to leave everything on the court.”
TULSA WASHINGTON BATTLES BACK TO EARN SEMIFINAL BERTH
Shawnee started its quarterfinal game against No. 2 Tulsa Washington (30-9) firing on all cylinders. But junior Laura Bateman and the Hornets overpowered the seventh-ranked Wolves (24-11) to earn a pass to Day 2 of the state tournament.
On her birthday, Bateman recorded 18 kills in the match.
“It was a big confidence booster for tomorrow,” she said.
CASCIA HALL DROPS CATOOSA
No. 3 Cascia Hall knocked off No. 6 Catoosa (27-11) in straight sets. Cascia Hall (26-6) coach Jenny Duncan was pleased with her players' performance.
Duncan hopes her team can take its momentum into its semifinal.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” Duncan said. “We played with minimal unforced errors and played at our own speed.”