HOPE — The Hauser volleyball team had a tough task in its regular-season finale against Greensburg on Thursday night.
The teams stood even through two sets, but the Class A No. 3 Jets took off in the final two sets. With solid serving and passing, they prevailed 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15.
Hauser built a 23-18 lead in the first set and looked to close things out, but the Pirates came back to tie the set at 24-24 before the Jets scored the final two points.
Hauser tied the score at 18-18 in the second set, but Greensburg capped things off by scoring seven straight points.
“We started flat in the first set, and the first two sets, we gave away a lot of points,” Hauser coach Jeff Case said. “(Greensburg) made us work hard for every point the first two sets and put up some good blocks on us. We made some adjustments and started running everything quick in the middle. Our ball control picked up a little bit and then we were able to start being more aggressive with our offense.”
Early in the third set, the Jets (29-3) jumped out to an 8-5 lead, but the Pirates came back to cut the lead to 9-8. The serving of Hailey Lange and Sydney Schoen help extend the lead to 20-13, and Hauser closed it out from there.
In the fourth set, the Jets put away the match for good by jumping out to a quick 17-8 lead and did not look back.
“This was a good game as we go to sectional,” Lange said. “It was a tough match, and I think it is going to prepare us well.”
Brea Metz recorded 14 kills and eight digs; Alana Owen dished out 36 assists and Schoen finished with 10 kills, two assists, 14 digs and three aces for Hauser. Madie Sherman had five kills and two blocks, Sarah Tedder added 14 digs. Tannyr Davis had a block and Taylor Henderson notched an assist.
The Jets will play Oldenburg Academy in the sectional at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Hauser.
“Tonight, we showed what we can do and what we have,” Tedder said. “We are going to keep building on this as we move into next week and keep fighting like we always have been doing.”