HOPE — Hauser volleyball coach Jeff Case refrained from calling a timeout when the Jets were down early in the second set against Seymour because he wanted to see his players work through it.
Hauser battled back and found a way to win it. The Class A Jets were trailing the entire set until they took nine of the final 12 points to win the set on their way to a 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 victory against the Class 4A Owls.
“They showed good poise there,” Case said. “We felt it was about us. If we’re taking care of the ball, especially passing on serve-receive, we were able to run our offense. When we didn’t, it was kind of feeding their offense.”
Hauser (14-2) controlled much of the first set, but Seymour (2-15) started the second set by scoring six of the first seven points. The Owls led by as many as six points before the Jets slowly cut the Seymour lead down to 23-21. Hauser took the final four points to win the set, despite having seven missed serves.
“You’re lucky to win when you have four (missed serves) in a row,” Case said. “Forget about the last play. You have to focus, clear your mind and give 100 percent focus to the next play. That’s what we continue to preach because there is a lot of mistakes in volleyball.”
The Owls battled with the Jets in the third set and found themselves tied at 15. Hauser scored seven consecutive points to pull away and held off Seymour for the win.
“I think that they can see whenever they play that hard and games are that close that they are capable of playing with teams like Hauser and some of the other teams we’ve played recently,” Seymour coach Holly Birdsong said. “They just have to know that they can do it and keep working off of that effort.”
Sydney Schoen led Jets with 11 kills, and Sarah Tedder added eight. Tedder also had a team high 17 digs, and Schoen had 16.
Alana Owen recorded 28 assists, and Hannah Johnson had a team-high three blocks. Maddie Sherman served three aces and Kylie Lock finished with two.