SEYMOUR — Neither Hauser coach Jeff Case nor Seymour coach Angie Lucas said their volleyball team displayed the level of intensity and consistency they were looking for during Monday’s 25-19, 26-24, 25-17 Owls win.
“You’ve got to look at it positively,” Case said. “We played a good team. They play real good defense, so it’s good for us to see that. I’m not happy with our energy. We kind of let the game be bigger than we were. We picked it up in that second set and really worked hard.”
Seymour scored the first three points in the first set, then increased the lead to 5-1 before the Jets (9-2) closed to 6-4 on a kill by Tannyr Davis. The Owls were on top 17-8 when Hauser rallied for five straight points and closed to 17-14 on a kill by Brea Metz. The Jets cut the lead to 19-18 and were behind 21-19 before Seymour scored the final four points.
The second set was close all the way. It was tied 14 times, with the last tie coming at 24. Hauser actually held a 24-23 lead on a kill by Davis before Seymour rallied for the final three points with set point coming on a passing error by the Jets.
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The Jets scored three points in a row twice in the second set, and the Owls also had two three-point rallies. Seymour held an 11-6 lead in the third set before Hauser closed the gap to 13-10 on an ace by Taylor Henderson.
The Owls were on top 21-13 before the Jets made another charge and closed to 21-16 on a block by Davis. Seymour (11-8) outscored Hauser 4-1 down the stretch with the Jets’ final point coming on a kill by Metz.
“I was a little disappointed we didn’t come out a little stronger in the third set,” Case said. “We had too many unforced errors tonight. Seymour is a good team, and they take advantage of that. You can’t expect to win if you’re going to have that many unforced errors.”
Metz, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, pounded 15 in kills and added one block and an ace.
“(Metz) is a very good player and they are a very good team,” Lucas said of the Jets, who are ranked No. 11 in Class A. “They missed some serves, and that helped us out. Of course, we missed some serves too.”
Sydney Schoen also had a strong match for the Jets with nine kills, an assist and 21 digs. Alana Owen recorded 22 assists, and Hailey Lange and Henderson each served an ace.
Davis added two kills, two blocks and nine digs. Henderson had one block, and Owen notched five digs.