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HOPE — While Hauser provided many key shots during the match, Jac-Cen-Del made the Jets work for every point they got.
In a game of rallies, Hauser simply outmatched the Eagles in the later sets and was able to put away Jac-Cen-Del 25-23, 25-14, 25-22 to advance to the Class A Hauser Sectional semifinal.
While the Jets (22-8) got the win, coach Jeff Case said there were little things that kept the match close.
“We didn’t play our best game today,” Case said. “We needed to have that urgency and drive early on, but Jac-Cen-Del kept coming at us.”
In the early points of the match, it looked as if the serving game of the Jets was going to dominate the Eagles (7-12). Hauser scored the first six of the seven points of the match off service.
But Jac-Cen-Del kept coming back with rallies of its own and forced the Jets to make a comeback late in the first set, scoring seven of the last eight points of the match to put away the Eagles.
Hauser kept its serving attack going into the second set, and was able to make quick work of Jac-Cen-Del.
The final set seemed to mirror the first, with both teams not letting up on their serves and trying to gain momentum, but the Jets let their solid hits, led by Jordan McDaniel, take over in the end.
Case said the game had it’s solid moments from the Jets, there are many things the team needs to improve on in order to outmatch Class A No. 10 Oldenburg Academy.
“(Jac-Cen-Del) played really tough,” Case said. “But we didn’t get down on ourselves, and created more opportunities, yet we still need to improve.
Hauser senior Haley Webster said the team’s positivity and confidence were keys to getting the win.
“We remained positive throughout the game,” Webster said. “Our crowd helped us a lot. We had a packed gym, and they helped build our confidence.”
Leading the way for the Jets was Danielle Giles, who was 17 for 17 with one ace serving and also had 24 digs. McDaniel was 40 for 41 serving and led the attack with 13 kills. Ellie Trotter had 23 assists.
Hauser will face Oldenburg at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the winner facing either Madison Shawe or South Decatur for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Our key is to be aggressive and consistent,” Case said. “We need to make good passes and be smart with our hits, or else we’ll struggle.”
Webster said that the mental focus needs to be there at the start of the game in order for the Jets to get the win Saturday.
“The team has to remain positive and focused,” Webster said. “We need to be pumped up before the game and mentally be prepared.”
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