MOORE — The ride continues for No. 9 Southmoore after its convincing run through the regional volleyball tournament last week. They defeated Owasso 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22) in the title match to earn the program’s first regional championship.
“Overall, each and every one of the players stepped up their game play and contributed to both match wins,” Southmoore coach Janet Brannon said. “There was not one player that had to shoulder the team that night - it was a complete team effort. Our defense was scrappy as I’ve ever seen it with amazing digs and blocking. Our offense outsmarted and overpowered both Yukon and Owasso - but stuck to our game plan and played within ourselves.”
The Cats defeated Owasso 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22) in the title match to earn the program’s first regional championship.
“We started out a bit shaky - going point for point against them with some unforced errors that cost us the set point in the first set, but we were able to settle down and get back to our game plan and execute for the next three set wins,” Brannon said. “All players truly dug deep, but our defense was the backbone of our execution that kept us in the match - they just refused to let a ball fall.”
Now the SaberCats (18-12) must prepare themselves for the team’s first trip to the state tournament, where it will join seven other squads from around the state looking to claim the 6A title starting Friday at Bixby High.
Even though a championship is Brannon’s main objective, she and her team realize how big of an accomplishment this is.
“It means that after all of our hard work for the past five years, we have finally arrived as a serious contender in the 6A volleyball scene,” Brannon said. “This is not only Southmoore’s first state tournament appearance, but we are also the first team in the district of Moore to ever advance. That’s a very special first that won’t soon be forgotten. This team has set the bar very high for future teams in Moore.”