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State volleyball tournament: Mount St. Mary makes first trip to state tournament

by Scott Wright Published: October 10, 2013

But getting there wasn't a short-term accomplishment in the team's first year under coach Mary Jekel, who credits the vision of former coach Kenneth Bethune and assistant coach Bo Bedford for laying the foundation for the program over the previous four years.

“We started looking for the athletes within the school who didn't play club, but were good athletes — some of them played basketball — and we asked them to give us a try,” said Jekel, who was a freshman coach under Bethune. “We brought them in and they developed through the program.

“Kenneth deserves a lot of credit, because he knows a lot about volleyball and really began to build this program.”

Juniors Sarah Jekel and Mandy Martincich play key roles on a fairly young team that expects to have a wild cheering section at Westmoore this weekend.

School was canceled for Friday so students are free to attend the match.

“The school is getting pumped, and we're getting pumped,” Sarah Jekel said. “Everybody's gonna be there and we're all excited. This is our first time at state. We want to win and we're preparing to win.”

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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