Opening round of Girls Volleyball: Class 7-1A State Tournament
Hartsburg-Emden volleyball defeats Royal Prairieview Ogden
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[March 12, 2017]
The Hartem Stags just keep
taking care of business on the volleyball court. This time the Stags
sent Royal Prairieview Ogden packing for home Saturday afternoon in
the opening round of the Class 7-1A State Tournament hosted by
Clinton Junior High School.
The first set may have started out a little too close for Hartem
fans, with the points going back and forth between the two teams but
it didn’t take long for Hartem to find a groove and go on a run. A
17-9 lead was the result much to the delight of the Stags army of
fans, which was out in full force on a Saturday afternoon.
The win guarantees a trophy
The Mustangs would eventually catch up in a little while putting
together a run of their own. But with the score at 17-13, Hartem
pretty much got things in order and shut the door on the Mustangs
with a 25-14 win in the first set.
Hartem was able to jump out to a 9-5 lead in the second set thanks
to a beautiful kill by Lily Barry. Barry would extend the lead to
11-7 after her impressive kill from the back row.
The Mustangs were not going away though. They fought their way back
to a 12-12 tie and even managed to take a 15-13 lead moments later.
Shortly thereafter the Mustangs struggled to make a good pass and
even found themselves out of alignment and the result was a 15-15
Then it was the Mustangs turn to take advantage of a couple Stags’
mistakes and after an ace by Hannah Fox, it was Hartem in the hole,
Never bet against the Stags, though, especially in times when they
are trailing. After a kill by Barry went through the attempted
block, fifth-grader Addie Beekman nailed an ace serve that no
Mustang player could handle and just like that the mighty little
Logan County volleyball powerhouse was back in the thick of things.
Hartem went ahead 19-18 on the next serve by Beekman but a kill by
the Mustangs tied the game again. There would be one more tie at
20-20 and it was certainly anybody’s game at this point. Hartem
would take the 22-20 lead after a couple Mustang errors. After
Barry’s third ace of the afternoon, the Stags were in the driver’s
seat with a 23-20 lead.
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The Mustangs were all shook up and found themselves hitting the next
serve into the net.
Finally, it was Barry with kill number 10 on the day
and ending the Mustangs season.
Hartem takes set two 25-21 and everyone was jumping
for joy at the thought of reaching the final four. Another trophy
will be carted home to Hartsburg, but first the Stags would take the
court again at 5:15 p.m.
Coach Jennifer Hayes was notably pleased with her team after the
win. Of the first set, Coach Hayes said, “We played really solid. I
think that Prairieview came out tight. I think we kind of took
advantage of that, which is what you should do. I think just being
nervous, coming out. We’ve been here. I think most of their crew
even though they’ve been to the state tournament, they had not
played at the state tournament. I think the draw they had, made them
a little nervous. So you try to do what you can do. We came in, I
thought we passed well, we saved things and we hit well. We just
played a really solid game. We got our feet under us and really took
it to them.”
“When it came to the second game, they (Prairieview) settled down,
which that is what should have happened. We got a little tight and
made a couple more mistakes than what we did in the first game. But
at 20-20 it was anybody’s ballgame. I thought we took over and took
control and won the match.”
Hartem WINS round one let's jump for joy
Hartem improves to 24-2 on the season. The Stags would take on
Jacksonville Our Saviour (22-2) at 5:15 p.m. The winner advances to
the state championship match on Tuesday night.
Lily Barry 10 kills 3 aces
Addie Beekman 7 assists 2 aces
Jenna Benner 2 aces