Great teams are hard to beat.
Shawnee took on No. 5 Norman North with a trip to the 6A State Volleyball Tournament on the line and the Lady Wolves made a few too many mistakes and allowed the Lady Timberwolves to punch their ticket to state.
Norman North swept Shawnee 25-17, 25-20 and 25-13. The loss dropped Shawnee to 24-9 to end the season. Norman North improved to 25-8.
"Norman North is a good team, very solid, especially defensively," Coach Julia Holland said. "They move so smoothly. We played like ourselves the second set. We just made a few too many errors."
Shawnee made uncharacteristic mistakes on serve and allowed in between balls to fall that they normally handle. The Lady Timberwolves put a lot of pressure on their opponents and force them to try to do too much. The loss was disappointing, but Coach Holland was very pleased with her team's season.
"I'm very impressed with how they played," Holland said. "They've worked hard. They've improved leaps and bounds since May when we had tryouts - lots of improvement from everybody. I couldn't be more proud of this team."
The Lady Wolves lose seven seniors - Ashley Kasterke, Payton McNeil, Quineshia Carr, Shyra Crowley, Olivia Barlean, and LaRai McVea.
"I hate to lose the seniors," Holland said. "All of them are great kids. We have some good kids coming back and some good young players coming up. We will miss the seniors but we'll keep playing hard."
Against Norman North, Kasterke led the Lady Wolves with 10 kills. Brooklyn Fluke added seven kills and five digs. They both had one ace.
Barlean also had five digs.
In the first game, the Lady Wolves swept Putnam City North 25-17, 25-12 and 25-16.
Fluke led Shawnee in that game with 14 kills and nine digs. Kasterke had 10 kills and six digs against P.C. North. Barlean had seven digs and two aces. Scotlyn Britt had five digs and an ace and Shyra Crowley had six kills.