High school volleyball: Are Edmond schools ready to end Tulsa Kelley's dominance?

Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond North both have victories over the volleyball powerhouse.
by Jacob Unruh Published: September 11, 2013

EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe volleyball coach Will Ethridge had not beaten Tulsa Kelley in what he estimates to be five years.

That is until Tuesday night, when the top-ranked Wolves handed the volleyball power a 3-1 loss.

Last week, No. 2 Edmond North handed the third-ranked Comets a 3-0 loss.

With both schools ranked ahead of Tulsa Kelley, those victories could be proof this could finally be the year someone ends the Comets' reign.

“We are a talented group this year,” Ethridge said. “Up to this point, the girls have just played really well together and (have been) winning the close matches against some quality teams.

“But, it's very tight there at the top between those top three teams and maybe even a couple more you can throw in there.”

Tulsa Kelley has won the past six championships — two in Class 6A after a four-year span in Class 5A. Dating back to 1998, the Comets have won 12 state titles.

“They've been contenders since I've been involved in the game, which is about 100 years ago,” Ethridge said. “Whatever class they've been in is irrelevant; they've always played a 6A schedule anyway.

“We played them every year anyway, there was just a stretch of time probably between about '04 and whatever year they moved up to 6A (2011) where they got the benefit of them playing 5A as far as the state tournament went.”

Perhaps schools are finally able to match the talent level.

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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