SHAWNEE — Edmond Santa Fe's Mandy Dolph could only think about consistency.
Dolph, a senior libero who is committed to Oklahoma, is playing in her fourth state tournament. so as the Pioneers tried to erase big deficits in the third and fourth set Thursday, she never wavered.
And the Wolves didn't either as they held off Stillwater 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20) at Shawnee High School to advance to Saturday's semifinals against Tulsa Kelley.
Tulsa Kelley beat Broken Arrow, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21).
“In those points, the important thing is to not really worry about the scoreboard necessarily but just every person being consistent and doing your best and you'll come out with a win,” Dolph said. “Our team tries not to worry about the scoreboard as much as our performance.”
Dolph led the team with 29 digs, while 6-foot-1 sophomore Jordan Spence had nine kills and five blocks.
Santa Fe led 10-1 in the third set before the Pioneers found their way back into it, getting within six at one time. The final set was even tighter, but two kills by Spencer helped swing the momentum.
“Jordan has really progressed as an offensive weapon,” Santa Fe coach Will Etheridge said. “I will say Stillwater did a really nice job defending her.”
This tournament marked the 20th straight for Etheridge and the Wolves. They have won four state titles and finished runner-up six times.
Edmond Memorial moves on
Edmond Memorial coach Natalie Murray wasn't necessarily pleased with her team's performance.
Still, the Bulldogs beat Tulsa Union, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 26-24). It marks the second straight season Edmond Memorial has eliminated the Redskins in the quarterfinals.
“The girls just got a little complacent,” Murray said about the final two sets. “The first set of the match was really good. The second set we started to relax and started trying new things, and unfortunately we weren't being aggressive enough and not taking care of business.”
Edmond North cruises
A sluggish start failed to derail Edmond North thanks to 12 straight points in the first game with senior Mallory Fox serving.
With Owasso leading 12-7, Fox helped quickly turn the match to the Huskies' favor as they rolled to a 3-0 victory (25-12, 25-21, 25-14) to advance to the semifinals.
Owasso jumped to a 2-0 lead in the final game, but the Huskies scored eight straight points.