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Heritage Hall's three volleyball seniors determined to go out with a state championship

The Chargers' five-set losses to Cascia Hall in the Class 5A volleyball state finals the past two seasons are still fresh on the team's mind. Heritage Hall (17-5) is the top-ranked team in 5A and the favorite to win what has been an elusive state championship for its three seniors.
by Trent Shadid Published: October 2, 2013
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Heritage Hall's Bradi Ryan has had enough of second place.

Just hearing the words “state runner-up” elicit a sigh and an eye roll from the senior volleyball standout.

The Chargers' five-set losses to Cascia Hall in the Class 5A volleyball state finals the past two seasons are still fresh on her mind, as they have been all season.

“What's happened in the past has motivated me a lot,” Ryan said. “Personally, I've kept that in mind as I worked really hard over the summer and into this season. We've all been that way. I've seen it with how hard we work in practice. I know how bad we all want to go win it.”

So far this season, the extra motivation has paid off.

Heritage Hall (17-5) is the top-ranked team in 5A and the favorite to win what has been an elusive state championship for its three seniors.

“We've really pushed ourselves this year to make sure we don't come up short for a third year in a row. We're seniors, and it's our time to win,” said Sydney Collison, who is one of three seniors on the team along with Ryan and Lindsey Grace.

“Being No. 1 most of the season has been pretty great,” Grace said. “We've been very motivated to stay in that top spot. That's our spot this year and we don't want to lose it.”

Coach Dana Schwab credits Ryan, Collison, and Grace as the main reason behind the Chargers' success so far.

“They each bring something to the table as a leader of this program,” said Schwab, who is in her first year as head coach after serving as an assistant last season. “They all three work very well together and the rest of the players respond really well to them. That's helped us maintain our chemistry throughout this season.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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