This time, Liz, who plays for the University of Maryland, was in the stands watching the her younger sister lead the Bears with seven kills, including five in the first set, when the Bears raced to a 5-0 lead and never looked back.
Three of the points came on aces by Megan Ray, who led the match with six aces to go along with her five kills.
“It was just all nerves,” said Hereford junior Maggie May, who led the Bulls with 11 kills. “The environment is just really intimidating and I tried to focus and to save the match in the second and third set.”
In the second set, Oakdale had eight aces, including five after the score was tied 10-10.
After a missed Hereford serve gave the Bears an 11-10 lead, Amani Walker had three consecutive aces to bump the lead to 14-11.
“It was more like a top spin, because when I hit it I snapped my wrist and it ended up having spin on the ball which made it drop faster,” Walker said.
In the match, Oakdale finished with 20 aces, compared to Hereford’s five, and the aggressive serving was no accident.
“We have focused since day one on serving and being tough servers and trying to keep the ball low and we have several girls where the ball just moves around,” Oakdale coach Jim Dorsch said. “It’s not easy to see as well from the sideline, but if you go to the end, you see that thing just moving and it’s very difficult to serve and we have used that all season.”
Oakdale also varied its hits following the sets from Sydney Katz.
After Maggie May’s kill pulled Hereford within one, 22-21, in the second set, Ray had a tip for a 23-21 lead.
Oakdale raced to a 5-0 lead in the third set and followed the lead of Twilley (three kills) and Alyssa Bennett (three aces) to the 25-12 victory.
“The first game, obviously was rough and whether they didn’t play as well or we played better, we were in the second game and if a few things could have went the other way, maybe we could have stole one and it would have been a different match,” Hereford coach Dave Schreiner said. “I’m proud of the kids and it’s about opportunities and we had opportunities today and there are going to be more opportunities for these kids.”
Unfortunately, junior Maggie May won’t get the chance to play high school volleyball again with her older sister, McKenna, but they have enjoyed the ride together.
“I’ve been playing with her since about 12 and she’s obviously one of my favorites,” McKenna May said. “I think she’s always real competitive and she may not have that face on all the time, but she pulls through and I love watching her hit, so it’s great.”