By Evan Grice
It’s been a historic season for the Piedmont Lady Wildcats volleyball team, and Thursday afternoon they learned their fate in the regional draw by the OSSAA.
PHS’ quest for its first state tournament berth will begin at Victory Christian High School in Tulsa, where the Lady Wildcats were drawn with East Central and Shawnee along with the host VCHS.
Piedmont and Shawnee have already met once this season, with the Lady Wolves claiming a sweep victory inside the Shawnee Activities Center on Sept. 19.
“We played very well against Shawnee last time we met them,” Lady Wildcat player Bailey Banks said. “I’m personally excited for the draw. I’m ready to see what we can go do against Victory Christian and East Central as well.”
East Central will enter the bracket as the team with the worst overall record at 2-17, while the Lady Wildcats follow with an overall record of 12-12 after defeating Putnam City North Thursday night in four sets.
Shawnee enters the tournament with an overall record of 17-15, while Victory Christian is the top overall seed in the bracket, ranked No. 4 in the state sporting an overall record of 28-9.
VCHS hasn’t lost a match since September 17th.
“I’m excited to play Shawnee to be honest,” Piedmont coach Brad Brucker said. “We played them in the 20’s in all three sets we played them. I don’t know anything about Victory Christian to be honest, except for the fact they have nine losses. That tells me they aren’t unbeatable. We’re two wins away from our first state tournament as a second year program. We’re just going to go play and see what happens.”
Piedmont outside hitter Anna Young added that she doesn’t feel the travel to Tulsa will have much of an impact on the Lady Wildcats performance at regionals.
“I think we can definitely beat Shawnee,” she said. “Victory Christian is obviously good. I don’t think the drive though will affect us because it’s during the day. It might a little but I think that would be a little worse if we were driving up there at night.”