OKAY STARTS STATE — No. 4 Okay (19-10) will take on No. 5 Chisholm (20-5) in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Friday at Shawnee High School.
The Mustangs are back at state for the first time since 2016, the last area team to get there.
The winner will get the winner between No. 1 and top seed Metro Christian (25-11) and Cement (25-3) on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner plays at 4:30 p.m. for the championship against either No. 2 Oklahoma Union, No. 3 Oklahoma Bible, No. 5 Heritage Hall or No. 7 Westville.
Okay is 2-2 against the field, having split with both Westville and Oklahoma Union.
MUSKOGEE 3, COLLINSVILLE 1—On Senior Night, the Lady Roughers won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-12 but dropped the third 23-25. They bounced back to win the match, taking the fourth set 25-17. Lexy Reynolds led the team with 16 kills, followed by Alexis Boyd with 12. Jena Winters had a team-high 16 digs, with Ryleigh Schuler adding 12. Jazzy Henry assisted on 16 shots. Muskogee (11-11) will visit Broken Arrow next Tuesday in regional tournament play.
TAHLEQUAH 3, MCALESTER 0—The Lady Tigers (12-16) picked up a three-set victory, winning the first 25-14 and the second 25-21. Tahlequah ran away with the third set, closing out the match 25-6. Lydia McAlvain had 17 of the team’s 28 assists and added four digs, four aces, and three kills. Natalee Porter had team-highs in kills with five, nine digs and served up eight aces.
TAHLEQUAH ADVANCES TO STATE — Freshman Mikah Vann tossed a complete-game shutout, lifting Tahlequah to a 6-0 win over Claremore and a third consecutive state tournament berth.
The Tigers (22-16) were forced into the deciding game after the Lady Zebras rallied for a 4-3 win in the first contest.
Nevaeah Moreno was the main catalyst when delivering a two-out clutch double that brought across both Jayley Ray and Vann to make it 3-0. The Lady Tigers also received an RBI single from Ray to left field that scored Mia Allen for the first run, and a double to center field by senior McKenna Wofford that pushed across Moreno and extended the lead to four runs.
Vann, who threw a perfect game in Wednesday’s regional opener against Edison, limited Claremore to just three hits. She finished with three strikeouts and did not issue a walk in seven innings.