Hay Springs Hawks Grab Conference Runners-up Title

The Hay Springs Hawks went 1-1 at the Panhandle Conference Volleyball Tournament, a finish good enough to put them in second place overall.

The Hawks faced the Edgemont Moguls in the title game. The Moguls started off strong with a 25-11 victory over the Hawks in the opening set, but Hay Springs was determined to change the outcome in the second set. The teams battled in an extra-long set that went in Hay Springs’ favor 28-26. One set away from a title, the Hawks couldn’t outlast the Moguls, who clinched the title with a 25-9 final set.

The Hawks entered the tournament as the number two seed and faced the Crawford Rams in the semi-finals. Hay Springs earned a 25-20, 25-22 victory over the Rams to advance to the title game. The Hawks opened with a 3-0 lead, but kills by Skylar Summers, Carly Lemmon and an ace by Natalie Barry kept the Rams in the game as they inched ahead briefly. The Hawks’ Jazlyn Smith landed two ace serves to put her team back on top, a position they never relinquished.

The Rams grabbed the momentum early in the second for a 3-1 lead, but several hitting errors and kills by Smith and Ashley Tobiasson for the Hawks turned things around. Hay Springs led for the remainder of the set and fended off a late challenge, including a kill by Natalie Barry with back-to-back kills by Breely Smith to close out the contest.

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