As the pendulum swings, so too does the game of volleyball. In what would end up being a match littered with momentum swings, the Hauser Jets defeated the North Decatur Chargers in Match 1 of the IHSAA 2A Sectional 45 in thrilling fashion. It took all five sets, but the host Jets emerged victorious 22-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13.

In the opening set, the scoring remained close throughout, with neither team able to build much of a lead. North Decatur’s Caroline Stapp, who reached the 1000 career kill milestone earlier this season, came out firing with aggression. It was her play that gave the Chargers the early lead.

The second set saw the Hauser Lady Jets come alive. A long rally early in the set changed the momentum, and the Jets were able to jump out to a 19-13 lead. Adrianna Musillami was all over the court, making her presence known, and Charlie Clark was hitting angles like she never missed a Geometry lesson. Behind the play of their senior leaders and the hitting of Kenze and Aniston Bostic, the Jets were able to tie up the match.

However, the Lady Chargers would regroup and take the third set comfortably. Excellent placement on serves combined with some dominant hitting from Stapp and Madi Allen was the difference in the set. The Lady Chargers also got some superb play up front from Ella Kunz, who was able to take advantage of multiple defensive lapses by the Jets.

Despite ending the third set in a bit of a funk, the Lady Jets were able to grab the momentum early in the fourth. Coach Jeff Case made some great adjustments on defense, and the ladies, led by senior Kyra Meister, responded well, getting out to an early 15-8 lead. Norah Berkenstock also got in and made some excellent plays during this run. However, even with a fifth set seeming inevitable, the Lady Chargers fought back, taking the lead at 20-18. The Jets were able to rally, though, and held on to take the set.

The back-and-forth affair was headed to a decisive fifth set. Before play began, the ladies received a very deserving standing ovation from both sides of the gymnasium. Early on in the set, Gracie Blair made some fantastic defensive plays as she seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. As the scoring remained close, seniors Musillami, Meister, and Clark were able to rally the Lady Jets to a late lead. Despite a last-ditch effort from the Lady Chargers, a final shot into the net sealed the victory for the Jets.

Hauser will advance to take on Switzerland County in the semi-finals on Saturday at 11 a.m.