Tuesday had the makings of an emotional night long before any of the Christian Heritage volleyball players pulled on their kneepads.
On the other side of Oklahoma City, Putnam City North's volleyball team was honoring former player Maddy Watts, a 2012 graduate who died of cancer in May. The special night was part of PC North's Win-Win Week activities to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer.
Watts' cousin, Emily Watts, is a junior volleyball player at CHA. She wanted to attend the PC North event, but also wanted to be with her team for its match against Oklahoma Bible Academy. She wore a special shirt at the match to honor Maddy.
In addition, CHA coach Heath Kufahl's wife, who was diagnosed with cancer last October, had recently learned that she would need to begin chemotherapy treatments again.
You might remember Kufahl, the man who made a half-court shot at an Oklahoma City Thunder game to win $10,000 last season, not long after his wife was diagnosed.
Tuesday's opponent, Oklahoma Bible Academy, had defeated CHA last Saturday in the championship match of the Catoosa Tournament.
CHA won the match 3-0, led by Emily Watts, who had 14 kills and served the last two points, both aces, to close the third game, 26-24.
“It was an emotional night for our team and for Emily,” Kufahl said. “She played amazing.”
EDMOND SANTA FE STILL ROLLING
Edmond Santa Fe has established itself as the team to beat in Class 6A, and showed its strength again at the Jenks Tournament last weekend.
In one of the last big tournaments before the postseason begins in early October, Edmond Santa Fe took down six opponents — four of them ranked — on the way to the title.
After a Tuesday night win over Edmond Memorial, the Wolves have won 19 consecutive matches and are 25-1 overall as the top-ranked team in 6A.