State volleyball: Tulsa Kelley wins sixth straight title; Cascia Hall upsets Heritage Hall
The Tulsa Kelley Comets defeated No. 3 Edmond Memorial 3-2 to win the Class 6A state title.
Comets coach Jerri Berna stormed the court at Westmoore High School with the rest of her Tulsa Kelley Comets. They'd just defeated No. 3 Edmond Memorial 3-2 to win the Class 6A state title.
Berna broke from the crush and stepped back toward the sideline to watch her girls enjoy the moment, the victory. Tears welled up in her eyes as she turned toward a Tulsa Kelley assistant coach.
“I'm so proud of them,” she told the coach. “That was unbelievable.”
The Comets have won six consecutive state championships, dating back to 2007, and 16 titles overall.
Tulsa Kelley (32-4) players hugged each other at the west end of the court and cried in each other's arms. Among them were seniors and All-Tournament performers Claire Kelley and Grace Balcerak.
“I feel so proud of my team for stepping up, and doing their jobs,” Balcerak said. “I have no words to express how thankful I am, how excited I am right now.”
Winning the 2012 championship was especially sweet for Kelley because it was the last game of her prep career.
“With it being senior year, this is just amazing,” Kelley said. “It's an incredible feeling. I can't even describe it.”
Edmond Memorial (30-5) pushed Tulsa Kelley in the match, forcing the Comets to drop their first sets of the tournament. Edmond Memorial senior and All-tournament performer McKenna Qualls notched 16 kills in the match.
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 14589OKC Thunder: Thunder trio praise fans before potential departures
- 8609Oklahoma State football: Todd Monken thinks Wes Lunt should've stayed in Stillwater
- 6402Student shot dead during botched home invasion
- 6393Oklahoma medical examiner reports cause of deaths in Grand Lake boat crash
- 6018Soaring gasoline prices hurt Oklahoma City area retailers
- 5816Oklahoma football: Sooners get pair of commitments
- 4098As Boy Scouts' vote on gay members nears, faith groups weigh in