Oklahoma Class 5A volleyball: Tulsa Victory Christian beats Mount St. Mary to clinch fourth straight title
CHOCTAW – Every time Bella Wakley jumped, it seemed as if she floated in the air.
The junior outside hitter for Tulsa Victory Christian was powerful, dominating at the net with her ferocious spikes. Every time a Mount St. Mary defender tried to block it, it would deflect off of them onto the court or they would miss because it went flying past.
Wakley was on fire offensively and helped lead top-ranked Victory Christian to a straight set win against No. 2 Mount St. Mary to win the Class 5A state championship Tuesday at Choctaw High School. The Conquerors have won four consecutive state championships, and this was also the fourth win in school history.
“This is the best part of the year, right here,” Victory Christian coach Don Donohue said.
Victory Christian (23-6) dominated offensively throughout the match. Although Mount St. Mary was able to have success of its own, the Conquerors sustained their success throughout, and that was the difference.
Wakley, along with junior Jessa Gilyard, had multiple kills, but Wakley’s dominance on the left side helped Victory Christian pull away in the first and third sets.
Mount St. Mary (38-7) found success in the second match with Hadley Moses offensively. She was finding open spots on the floor and collected numerous kills.
Yet Victory Christian had an answer every time and was able to win the second set 27-25.
In the third, Mount St. Mary got a big lead early but Victory Christian quickly fought back and was able to cruise to a win. The Conquerors ended the match with a big block.
Even after a strong offensive performance, Donohue said it was this team’s defense that made it stand out.
“Everybody’s got hitters,” Donohue said. “But I felt like our serve-receive and our defense was better this year than any other year. In the last three years, we could just overpower teams. We had to have the defensive side this year.”