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West Side Christian takes the next step in a historic season this week when the Lady Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to compete in the Heartland Christian Athletic Association 1A State Volleyball Tournament.

This is the program’s inaugural season in the association.

West Side Christian, which went 3-7 on the season, will play Thursday at 9 a.m. but won’t know its first-round opponent until it arrives at the venue. It could be one of five teams.

First-year coach Megan Williams was asked how to prepare for an unknown opponent.

“We have faced a few of the teams and beat them already this year,” she said. “As for the new teams, we just have to communicate and play together. We will also have to read the other team and figure out their playing style and where their weak spots are.”

West Side Christian broke in an almost completely new roster of girls this season. Williams said the players showed a lot of improvement since the start of the year.

“Our team has done an amazing job growing their positive attitude and grit. They have come together and established themselves as a varsity team. We have several younger players that have stepped up, too,” said Williams, who stressed fundamentals as the keys to success.

“Getting back to basics, if we keep the serve errors to a minimum and don't have any dropped balls, we will do great. We have some amazing hitters, too.”

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