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Volleyball: Hargrave Lady Falcons ride another sweep to regional tournament

November 6, 2018

The bleachers were completely packed. Students were standing three deep in front of the student section because there weren’t enough seats.

All those people poured onto the court at the Barbers Hill Field House in Mount Belvieu to celebrate with the Lady Falcons after the District 21-4A champion Hargrave Lady Falcons beat the District 22-4A champion Hamshire-Fannett Lady Longhorns 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-11) in the Region III-4A quarterfinals on Monday evening, Nov. 5.

“This is a great environment to be in, a great environment to play in,” said coach Tammy White. “It was the best case scenario for us. The Hamshire-Fannett crowd as well as ours was loud.”

Junior Haven Sampson said that playing in front of that kind of crowd was intimidating at first, but, once she calmed down, it was really exciting.

The first set was tied 4-4. A kill by sophomore Skylar Nappier sided out the Lady Falcons, who continued for a six-point streak. Junior Kylie Willis got the set-winning kill.

The second set was tied 3-3, 4-4. 5-5, 7-7, 10-10, and 11-11. Hargrave led 21-18 and 23-20 before winning back-to-back points to take the set.

The Lady Falcons led 8-3 early in the third set after a kill by Nappier. Their lead extended to 18-7 after an ace from junior Ellie Hayden. A kill from Willis sided out the Lady Falcons and gave them a 22-11 lead. Kills from Sampson ended the next two points, and senior Casey Warren’s kill finished off the match.

Haven said the feeling of celebrating on the court with all the fans after the game was indescribable.

“We made errors. We didn’t play perfectly, but we played with a lot of fire and heart and effort,” White said.

Hargrave beat Hamshire-Fannett 2-0 (25-20, 25-14) on Sept. 6 in tournament play.

Hargrave advances to the regional tournament. It will play the winner of Tuesday evening’s match between Lorena and Midlothian Heritage in the regional semifinal on Friday, Nov. 9. If the Lady Falcons win that match, they will play in the regional final the next day.

“We have a big mountain to climb on Friday,” White said. “We’ll take things one play at a time, one step at a time.”

Hargrave, who is 42-1, went through all of district play without dropping a set and has not dropped a set yet in the playoffs.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Sampson said of the bus ride back to Huffman. She said they would be listening to music the whole way back.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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