Early in the first set of Hauser’s Mid-Hoosier Conference volleyball match against Indian Creek on Tuesday night, it looked like the Jets would suffer their first loss of the season.
The Jets made sure that would not happen.
Once Hauser found its rhythm, it started getting aggressive and turning up to pressure on Indian Creek to win in straight sets 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 to move to 8-0.
Hauser coach Jeff Case thinks a long layoff played a role early in the contest.
“We looked a little flat tonight,” Case said. “We were off the previous four days because of the holiday, which made us a little rusty. I was proud of the way our team responded. Give Indian Creek credit, though. They played really well and came in with a lot of energy
After Indian Creek jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Game 1, Hauser would respond right back with to tie the game following a 7-2 run. The score would remain close until the Jets went on a 10-4 run to close out the set.
Hauser showed excellent teamwork and kept the momentum and intensity going in the second set to get off to a 10-5 start, and thanks to the serving of junior Danielle Giles and freshman Sydney Schoen, the Braves never could respond.
Indian Creek, however, would not go away, as it jumped out to a 10-5 run to open the third set. The Jets started establishing great communication once again to come back to make the score 15-12. Schoen’s service game would once again rattle the Braves as Hauser scored five straight points to take a 17-15 lead and close out the match.
“I told them that they should not panic,” Case said. “I also told them to stay calm and start getting aggressive and not to worry about making mistakes.”
“We had to stay mentally tough and fight through it,” senior Jordan McDaniel said. “We just had to stay strong and keep staying positive.”
Giles finished with 36 digs. Senior Ellie Trotter recorded 29 assists.
“It felt great to get this win under our belt,” said McDaniel, who had six kills. “Especially against a team like Indian Creek, we had to fight extra hard to get this win.”
“I just kept going at it and did whatever I needed to do to get the win,” said Schoen, who also had six kills, added 19 digs and led the team with three aces. “We communicated real well tonight. We have good leadership with the leaders on our team this year. Whenever we are down, we always pick each other up.”