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Defending champion Coppell sweeps volleyball semifinal to return to 5A title match
Coppell returns to title match after producing lone tournament sweep
GARLAND — Winning a state semifinal is not supposed to be easy.
That might come as news to defending state champion Coppell, which trounced Houston Clear Lake, 25-17, 25-5, 25-14, in a Class 5A semifinal Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center.
Coppell advances to face New Braunfels in the state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“We’d never played Clear Lake before, so we knew we had to bring our best and not take any points for granted,” sophomore setter Kylie Pickrell said.
Coppell (48-3), playing the last semifinal of the tournament, was the only team to sweep its opponent. Every other match at every classification went at least four sets.
“We talked about that before the match,” Coppell coach Julie Green said. “There hadn’t been a sweep and we knew we had to stay focused.”
The highlight was a 25-5 second set in which six different Coppell players recorded at least one kill. The Cowgirls had a .636 attack percentage in the second set and hit .473 in the match.
Tulsa pledge Erica Bohannon led the way with 18 kills and a .680 attack percentage. She also had 11 digs and an ace.
Texas pledge Chiaka Ogbogu added 11 kills and had a hand in two blocks. Pickrell recorded a game-high 38 assists.
Sarah Strasner led Clear Lake with seven kills.
Green said Saturday’s matchup against New Braunfels will showcase contrasting styles. New Braunfels is small, she said, but very athletic and very “scrappy.”
“We like to make one big swing and be done with the point,” Green said, “but we know it won’t be like that tomorrow night.”