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HOPE — The Hauser volleyball team used consistent play to defeat Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Southwestern (Shelby) on Tuesday night.
The Jets also used strong defense to down the Spartans 25-17, 25-18, 25-22.
The first game was well-paced by both teams, with Hauser maintaining the lead and Southwestern able to stay close. The Jets were able to capitalize on the Spartans’ serving problems and limit their kills with strong defense.
Hauser took the first game behind strong net play, most notably from sophomore Maranda Knight and junior Danielle Sneed.
“We spend a lot of time working on our net play,” Hauser coach Jeff Case said. “It’s an important part of our game.”
Consistent defense and good communication kept the Jets (10-5, 6-0) in control in the second game. Southwestern had a difficult time at the net due to the Hauser defense.
“Defense was important today,” senior Haley Webster said. “Strong defense helped set up or offense.”
The third game was closer as Hauser got off to a rough start. A missed serve to begin the game set the tone as the Spartans jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Jets remained confident and worked their way back into the game.
“We stayed positive and kept our heads up,” senior Jordan Cain said. “We always help pick each other up when we need to.”
“We improved our ball control as the match went on,” Case said. “When our offense wasn’t working, and we gave them opportunities, they took advantage and scored.”
Hauser remained close to Southwestern and took the lead late in the game behind the strong serving of sophomore Danielle Giles.
Ellie Trotter led the Jets with six kills, 21 assists and two aces. Jordan McDaniel pounded six kills, Danielle Sneed had seven blocks, and Danielle Giles added 13 digs.
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