For a team that fell after coming so close to a state championship, Oak Ridge is pretty happy with life overall.
The War Eagles volleyball team fell in three sets to Fort Bend Austin in the Class 6A semifinals Friday in Garland. But they accomplished more than most people expected with only two seniors on the roster.
The Eagles went 2-3 against The Woodlands, which they beat in the regional finals to advance to state for the first time in 16 years, and won 35 matches, including five in the Region II playoffs. click here for complete story
Oak Ridge’s volleyball team will play in the second Class 6A finale on Friday in Garland, and the Lady War Eagles will be tangling with another team from the Houston metropolitan area.
Oak Ridge (35-6), which played its way into the state tournament by sweeping District 16-6A rival The Woodlands on Saturday, will tangle with Fort Bend Austin at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
The Woodlands had won back-to-back state championships, including an unbeaten season in 2013, while also claiming the 16-6A title this season. click here for complete story
When junior Brooke Clark put down the final kill Friday night, it guaranteed one thing.
Following the other Region II-6A semifinal where The Woodlands defeated Pearce on the floor of Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, Oak Ridge assured that a Conroe ISD school will make it to the state final four in volleyball as the Lady War Eagles defeated Highland Park, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17.
Oak Ridge and The Woodlands will meet back at Johnson Coliseum Saturday at 6 p.m. to determine who moves on to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland next weekend. click here for complete story
With only three returning seniors on the roster College Park was not necessarily everyone’s pick to lead District 16-6A. Most were probably leaning towards the two-time defending state champs The Woodlands.
Or maybe they were picking Oak Ridge after an impressive non-district run and an even more impressive start to district play.
Tuesday night, without their biggest offensive weapon in Kennedi Smith, the Lady Cavaliers defeated Oak Ridge 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-13. Now, 3-0 in district, in the middle of a nine-game win streak and having defeated both The Woodlands and Oak Ridge, the Lady Cavaliers own first place. click here for complete story
Oak Ridge saw its season come to a stunning halt on Tuesday evening as the Lady War Eagles lost to Klein in five sets in a Class 6A bi-district playoff match at Klein Collins High School.
Oak Ridge, which ended its campaign with a 30-6 record, held a 2-1 lead in the match before the Lady Bearkats rallied to steal a 20-25, 29-27, 11-25, 25-22, 15-9 victory.
“My girls fought hard — I’m so proud of them,” Oak Ridge coach Tommie Lynn Sledge said. “They have been an amazing group of young ladies to have, and I’m really excited to see them grow in the offseason, as well as my seniors that are moving on to different things. This is something you learn in life. It’s a disappointment, but I think Klein played phenomenal. They were lights out.”
Senior Victoria Harris led the Lady War Eagles with 22 kills, Raigen Cianciulli notched 23 digs, and Carly Graham tallied a team-high 31 assists. Senior Jackie Ward served tough throughout the night and came away with five aces. With the win, Klein (20-15-1) advances to the area round where it will take on No. 8 state-ranked Pflugerville Hendrickson, which defeated Austin Anderson on Tuesday night. click here for complete story
Oak Ridge held off a furious comeback attempt from College Park on Tuesday night, defeating the Lady Cavaliers 25-19, 28-26, 22-25, 26-24 to remain unbeaten against District 16-6A competition.
The Lady War Eagles (25-3, 4-0) were led by Victoria Harris, who recorded 12 kills, 16 digs and two aces. It was Oak Ridge’s first victory over College Park (20-6, 1-2) since 2006 and the first win against the Lady Cavs for coach Tommie Lynn Sledge.
“I feel like they really played with a lot of heart tonight and really wanted to show that we are competitors in this district and that you can’t overlook us,” Sledge said.
Carly Graham contributed to the winning cause with 11 kills and 15 digs, Jackie Ward added 23 assists and nine digs, and Raigen Cianciulli led the team with 24 digs. click here for complete story
Playoff berth just the beginning of objectives for Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge’s Jaclyn Ward is among the key returnees for the War Eagles, who are hoping to go on a deep playoff run this fall.
Oak Ridge Head Volleyball Coach Tommie Lynne Sledge
Oak Ridge’s Victoria Harris and the War Eagles start fall practices Aug. 4
Oak Ridge’s Jaclyn Ward sets the ball during the Oak Ridge at The Woodlands volleyball game. Photo by David Hopper
Oak Ridge volleyball is back on track.
The War Eagles missed the playoffs in 2010 and 2011, finishing fourth and sitting out on a tiebreaker both years, but they started a new streak of postseason appearances with their second straight last year. They went 26-11 overall, and 7-5 in District 14-5A.
Coach Tommie Lynn Sledge, who’s heading into her sixth season, said the girls matured last year, setting higher expectations for themselves and working hard to find the right team chemistry. “It was really good,” Sledge said.
“We had three years in a row where we’d been to the playoffs, and then we missed out (two years), so to get back again was great.” click HERE for complete story
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