Sandite Volleyball places third at tough Broken Arrow Tournament

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The No. 19 ranked Charles Page High School volleyball team (5-9) took third place in the Broken Arrow Varsity Tournament this weekend, upsetting some of the top teams in the state in the process.

On Friday the girls defeated defending State Champs, No. 5 Edmond Memorial (4-2) and No. 11 Owasso (3-5), but fell to No. 9 Edmond North (9-3). In the first round Saturday they were pitted against State Runners-Up, No. 3 Norman North (11-1) and lost 3-0, despite leading for most of two of those sets. In the placement match they took on No. 16 Southmoore (3-6) and won 3-0.

The Lady Sandites brought their A-game, and easily handled the Sabercats. The first set was hotly contested with neither team winning more than three-straight rallies till the final stretch. At 20-17 Sand Springs turned up the power and scored five straight for the win. Sophomore Devree Youngblood scored a kill, Ohio State commit Gloria Mutiri aced, Madison Burris scored a kill, and Chelsea Neely recorded a solo block to clinch the win.

Southmoore notched the first two points of the second set, but Sand Springs went on a six-point run and never looked back. They led by as much as 24-12 before the Sabercats tried to rally, but Mutiri scored a solo block to finish 25-15.

The third set was far closer. Sand Springs only trailed briefly at the very beginning and after an ace from Cloe Campfield at 6-5, they never gave Southmoore the lead again. The game tied ten times, most dangerously at 24-24, but Mutiri scored a kill and a block to seal the deal.

Burris, a sophomore, finished with 21 assists and six kills. Mutiri had 15 kills and five blocks, and Youngblood had five kills.

Sand Springs will return to action Tuesday with a conference home game against 5A No. 3 Bishop Kelley (4-4) at 6:00 p.m.