Volleyball takes regional title


photo by Maggie Taylor

The varsity girls volleyball team celebrates after beating Lyman 3-2. The team will play Saturday, Nov. 9 against Plant High for a chance to get to the state final.

The varsity volleyball team won an exhilarating match against the No. 2 ranked Lyman Greyhounds on Tuesday, Nov. 5, defeating them 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9).

“We had a lot of energy and a lot of emotion. We were just really happy to play with each other especially knowing that this is going to be one of our last times playing together,” middle Audrey Douglas said.

Familiar with Lyman after a 3-0 victory, head coach Juanita Hitt prepared the team by reminding them what they were fighting for in practice and during the game while also making sure that the team knew that their defense must out-skill Lyman’s offense.

After Hagerty made a 4-0 run to tie the first set at 22, Lyman scored three straight points to win the set.

“We were too comfortable in the first set and not playing our hardest,” outside Alina Carillo said. “Lyman fought for the first set harder than we did, and we just weren’t playing as well as we normally do.”

Right-side Sydney Conley guided the team with 20 kills, setter Emily Lawrence had 19 digs, and Carillo had two aces.

This was the program’s second regional championship in three years, and the players and coaches were both filled with uncontainable “anxiety and excitement” according to Hitt.

After Lyman took a 2-1 lead, the fourth set was packed with excitement and stress, but Hagerty took over during the last part of the set when they relaxed, controlled the ball and kept it inside of the court.

“Our strength during the game was our offense and defense, especially when our block stepped up during the last set,” Hitt said.

The student section screamed with crazy energy all night in the hope that the win would be theirs and the team would make it to states.

Hagerty controlled the fifth set the entire time, and at 14-9, a block by Jessica Buis, a dig by Carrillo and a kill from Douglas finished the match.

The team will play in the state semifinal on Saturday Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. in the competition gym against the team they beat in the first match of the season, Plant High School.

If they win Saturday, the team would travel to Ft. Myers on Nov. 16 to play for a first state title.