TULSA — The West beat the East in the large school All-State volleyball game Tuesday night at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center.
The West won a tight first set 26-24 and cruised 25-14 in the second. All-State rules guaranteed a third set and the East took that one 25-19.
Dani Meisinger of Claremore was the lone area representative and only the second All-State volleyball player in school history.
"It was really fun and an honor," said Meisinger, who will attend the University of Arkansas and major in kinesiology. "I knew all the girls so I felt comfortable."
Meisinger was part of an amazing turnaround in volleyball for the Zebras. They won only 24 combined matches in her first two seasons.
However, Claremore responded with 22 wins in 2017 and 21 in 2018. Both of those seasons resulted in state tournament appearances.
The 2017 team advanced after a thrilling five-set victory in a regional final at Coweta (19-25, 25-21, 25-13, 14-25, 15-8).
That win was especially sweet because the Zebras had faced the Tigers six times previously that season and were beaten on each occasion.
"Coweta was our rival, so we were determined to beat them," Meisinger said. "We really came together working as one with passion and drive."
Things went a little smoother in 2018.
Claremore hosted a regional and swept Nathan Hale and Glenpool in the semifinals and finals, respectively.
The East appeared to be in good shape with a 24-20 lead in the first set.
The West, however, ran off six-consecutive points to steal the set. The West never trailed in the second set.
The East took control of the third set with five-straight points to break a 12-12 tie. It eventually closed it out with a 4-0 run.
SMALL SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
The West beat the East, 25-20, 25-15, 18-25 in the small school game. Catoosa teammates Tiffany Maxey and Kathryne Parrish were on the East team.