The Norman Transcript


September 20, 2013

Norman North makes statement with win against BA



Madison Brammer added seven kills and Olivia Canida finished with five aces.

While the T-Wolves’ record may not seem like state tourney material, their schedule might offer a different conclusion.

Seven of North’s nine losses have come to seventh-ranked Jenks (twice), top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe, third-ranked Bishop Kelley, fourth-ranked Edmond Memorial, Heritage Hall, the No. 1 team in Class 5A, and Cascia Hall, the No. 4 team in Class 5A. 

The remaining two losses have both come to No. 11 Southmoore.

The T-Wolves have a victory over sixth-ranked Owasso, ninth-ranked Bartlesville, 12th-ranked Stillwater and 13th-ranked Westmoore. Also, they took a set off Bishop Kelley, a set off Jenks and pushed Santa Fe to a 27-25 third set.

They’ve made it happen despite injuries that have sidelined or limited Benner, Sarah Shelden and Kate Lefler.

First-year coach Stephanie Kane isn’t sure the Class 6A coaches, which have penciled North in at No. 10, are paying enough attention.

“I think some coaches don’t take into consideration who we play, or who some other teams play,” she said, “who their victories are against and when they are.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the T-Wolves. In addition to a tournament in Stillwater, the rest of their regular season includes a trips to Santa Fe and Edmond North, Nos. 1 and 2 in the state, and Jenks, McGuinness and a regular-season ending Crosstown Clash at the North Gym.

“We just need to keep going as we are,” Benner said. “We’re on a really good path.”

Clay Horning

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