HOPE — The Hauser volleyball team barely broke a sweat Tuesday night.
It took just less than one hour for the Jets to quickly dismantle visiting Milan 25-13, 25-16, 25-11. The win moves Class A No. 8 Hauser to 27-1.
The great teamwork established by the Jets is something coach Jeff Case likes seeing as the final week of the regular season winds down, and sectional play begins next week.
“We look at every opportunity we play on the court to focus on getting better,” Case said.
That focus by Hauser showed immensely Tuesday.
“We did a good job tonight,” Case said. “In a game like this, it would have been easy to let up, but I thought we kept our intensity up. We have not had much practice time recently and I am happy we are staying sharp.”
Jets senior Danielle Giles said that the team is clicking together at the perfect time.
“The team chemistry is at its best right now,” Giles said. “We all been communicating and working well with each other. We’ve been having a good time playing together.”
Giles finished with nine digs and three aces. Sydney Schoen had nine kills, five assists, two digs and two aces. Brea Metz pounded seven kills and had seven blocks.
Maranda Knight added seven kills and three blocks. Alana Owen served three aces and had 25 assists. Sarah Tedder added five digs, and Lucie Lortz had two blocks.
Hauser wasted no time as it came out strong from the very first serve. The Jets’ offensive attack left the Indians without an answer and scrambling for the ball. Hauser climbed out to an 18-7 lead and never looked back.
The Jets led 5-3 early in the second set, but the serving of Owen helped them to seven straight points. With Hauser leading 18-7, Milan had its only spurt of offense in the entire match as it scored eight of the next 10 points to cut it 20-15. The Jets locked in, however, and scored five of the next six points to close out the set.
“We lost just a little bit of urgency,” Case said. “We buckled down, and I was glad we found our urgency back to finish out strong.”
Hauser started out the third set leading 15-6, making sure the Indians did not make another charge.
“Coach always tells us to make sure that we do not drop down to our opponent’s level and just play to our own potential,” Giles said. “It was a great team effort. It struggles off and on sometimes, but tonight, we worked really hard and pulled it all together.”