High school volleyball: McKenna Qualls anchored Edmond Memorial through playoff run

ALL-CITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Senior outside hitter McKenna Qualls anchored the Bulldogs' deep playoff run and helped hold the team together amid multiple coaching changes.
by Scott Wright Modified: November 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm •  Published: November 23, 2012

Qualls was one of three senior starters on an otherwise young team that pushed champion Tulsa Kelley to the brink in the title match, ultimately losing 25-13, 12-25, 27-25, 20-25, 12-15.

Down the stretch, when Ayers was coaching the team, Qualls had to remind herself that it wasn't her close friend, but her coach on the sideline.

“It was kind of weird that a girl I played with was coaching me,” Qualls said with a laugh. “I would have to remind myself, OK, this is coach Amanda, not ex-teammate Amanda.”

Qualls, who has signed with Oral Roberts, says the state tournament in October will always stick with her.

“It was a good memory and a bad memory,” she said. “It showed me where I am as a player. I know the level of intensity I can play at now. I feel like each year, I surpassed that level and I've gotten better mentally and physically.

“I felt a lot of improvement this year, and hopefully I'll surpass that next year, too. We'll see.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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