HOPE — The Hauser volleyball team was firing on all cylinders Tuesday night against South Decatur and claimed a 25-7, 25-14, 25-10 victory.
In a matchup between the Mid-Hoosier Conference foes, the Jets jumped out to a commanding 17-0 lead in the first set before allowing the Cougars to score.
“Conference is something we really want to get in our grasp,” said senior Bre Metz, who led Hauser with six kills and seven aces. “Coming into this game, it was all energy and excitement that got us pumped up.”
The Jets (11-2, 2-0) started hot again in the second set, leading 14-4 and never letting South Decatur (5-12, 1-3) come closer than six points.
“You always want to get out to a quick start, and we were able to tonight,” Hauser coach Jeff Case said. “We were really on with our serving and able to take them out of what they wanted to do.”
In the third set, the Cougars showed signs of life. They kept it close early, leading 3-1. With the score tied a 7-7, the Jets found their rhythm and would go on to outscore South Decatur 18-3 the rest of the way to win the match.
Alana Owen dished out 23 assists for Hauser. Sarah Tedder recorded six digs, and Madie Sherman had three blocks.
The Cougars were led by Zoey Nobbe’s four kills, Taylor Best’s five assists and Brooke Helms’ one block.
Knowing that it was not her team’s best night, South Decatur coach Carrie Somers said she is optimistic that her team can learn from the match moving forward.
“We are capable of playing much better volleyball,” Somers said. “I think we will take from tonight and learn from this loss so that we can play better next week.”