By Chuck Reherman
Returning to the state tournament.
That was the goal of No. 8 ranked Southwest Covenant heading into the class 3A regionals on Friday.
And, the Lady Patriots accomplished their mission.
SWCS rolled past Amber-Pocasset in three sets in the finals to earn a spot in the state tournament that starts this week at Edmond Deer Creek and Choctaw. The Lady Patriots will play No. 1 ranked Corn Bible Academy in the opening round on Friday at Deer Creek. The match is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.
A win over Corn Bible would send the Lady Patriots to the semifinals later Friday. The championship match will be played Saturday in Choctaw.
The Lady Patriots, who had beaten Amber-Pocasset on Sept. 19 in a close match, has a second somewhat close match, but pulled the win out in three.
“We are excited to be headed back to state and we look forward to advancing as far as we can in the tournament,” Lady Patriot head coach Samantha Lindsey said. “We know we have our work cut out for us in the opening round, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Regardless of how the Lady Patriots do on the court, the team will bring home a state championship. SWCS won the Class 3A Academic State Championship for volleyball.
Corn Bible heads to the state tournament with a 26-5 record. The Lady Crusaders beat Erick 25-11, 25-4 and 25-12 in the Region V finals.
SWCS beat AmPo 25-18 in the first set, took the second 25-14, then had a battle in the third set before winning 25-22. Everytime the Lady Patriots would start to pull away, AmPo would make a run and close the match.
“It was a good win, we played a very solid match,” Lindsey said. “Macie (Noland) and Brianna (Anduss) led the way for us and Jill Mitchell had some great passes.”
The Lady Patriots opened the regionals with a win over Oklahoma City Northeast Academy. SWCS posted a 25-8, 25-9, 25-8 win in the opener.