BA volleyball travels to Owasso for regionals
A late-season run that included victories over the state’s Number 2 ranked team, Class 5A’s top-ranked team and a Frontier Valley Conference championship win over then No. 7 Owasso, was not enough to push Broken Arrow high enough into the rankings to host a Class 6A Volleyball Regional.
Instead, the Lady Tigers (19-12) will travel to Owasso on Tuesday to face Sand Springs at 5:30 p.m.. Owasso will play Muskogee in the earlier match at 4 p.m.. The winners will play the regional championship game at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the state championship tournament on Oct. 15-16 at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City.
“We believe our girls have played very solid team volleyball over the past few weeks,” said Ian Bullen Lady Tiger volleyball coach. “The girls are playing with a ton of confidence right now.”
That confidence showed in the final home match of the season, a three-set sweep of Owasso. That victory, coupled with a 3-0 victory at Sand Springs, propelled Broken Arrow to an undefeated Frontier Valley Conference Championship. The road to the conference title included a five-set win over No. 6 ranked Jenks (19-15).
“Our recent success has transformed our team into a much more solid group.” Bullen said. “We are looking forward to riding this momentum into the playoffs.”
If Broken Arrow can advance through regionals, the team’s schedule will have it ready for a challenging state tournament. The Lady Tigers traveled to No. 7 Edmond North, and pushed their host into a pressurized fifth set. The Lady Huskies won the final set, 15-9 on Thursday.
“That’s the second time they beat us in five,” Bullen said. The other time was in the Broken Arrow Invitational in August.
“We wanted to play a tough schedule, and we did,” the coach added. “But, I believe it has made us better, and if we play well enough to win regionals then we won’t be surprised or intimidated by the level of play we will see at state. We know we can play with those teams.”