EDMOND — As soon as Edmond Memorial’s first-round loss in the state volleyball tournament came to an end last fall, Micha Hancock was ready to forget about it.
The preseason No. 1 team in 2008, Memorial had its eyes on a second straight Class 6A title, and the school’s third in four years, but the early exit taught the Lady Bulldogs a lesson — one that might help them reclaim state supremacy in 2009. "We were confident, but we lost our intensity,” said Hancock, now a junior for the Lady Bulldogs, who are once again the Class 6A preseason favorite, according to OKRankings.com. "Everyone just kept thinking we were gonna win. We realized we’ve got to get more fired up for state.” The Lady Bulldogs are honored with the top preseason ranking, but last season taught them enough to not get caught up in the hype. Perhaps it was a necessary part of the learning process for a team with several young players. Two of the team’s top players, Hancock and 6-foot-3 Mattie Burleson, were sophomores last year.