High school volleyball: Edmond Memorial rallies to top Edmond North in five sets
EDMOND -- The sound of Annie Davis crushing the volleyball echoed throughout the gym.
Edmond Memorial's star sophomore jumped, drew her right arm back and hammered a spike straight into an Edmond North defender, who has no chance at returning it. The ball sailed into the Husky bench, and Davis turned toward her teammates and screamed.
Davis' kill was one of many for her in Class 6A No. 3 Memorial's 3-2 victory against No. 2 North on Tuesday in Edmond Memorial High School's gymnasium. However, her most powerful drew a huge reaction from the student section and crowd, helping propel the Bulldogs to their second victory against their crosstown foe.
"We appreciate our crowd so much," Memorial coach Natalie Murray said. "The girls definitely loved that, and it helped in a tight situation like this."
After capturing the first set, Memorial (20-5 overall) dropped consecutive sets and fell in a 7-0 hole to begin the fourth. North star Kamryn Bacus was dominant, who tallied numerous kills and blocks throughout the middle sets, had six of the Huskies seven points to start the set.
In the fourth set, the Bulldogs slowly decreased their deficit, winning two or three points at a time before tying it at 16. Eventually, Memorial was able to capture the set, 26-24.
In the fifth set, Davis' spike was part of a run to help the Bulldogs build a 10-3 lead, one it wouldn't relinquish.
"She's really athletic and she's really fast," Murray said. "Volleyball is all about quickness, and Annie Davis is really quick. The faster she goes and the faster the game goes, the better she's going to play."
Murray praised Ana Lindell and Abby Kirby for outstanding defense to start the comeback, saying their flashy play was amazing to witness.
North (19-5) was able to string together 10-1 runs in both the second and third periods to win those sets. With the quick start to the fourth, the Huskies seemed primed for a victory before Memorial fought back.
Memorial next plays Thursday at No. 8 Jenks (13-9) while North will play Tuesday at No. 10 Norman (12-11).