Nothing was going right for the Hastings High volleyball team during its first set against Crete in the final match of a home triangular Tuesday night.
The Cardinals had no secret to their offensive success, as senior Kaitlin Bradley exposed the Tiger defense with seven kills. HHS also had seven errors, which allowed Crete to go on a 14-1 run and take a 22-9 lead. On top of that, four-year varsity player Taylor Williams suffered an injury that appeared to knock the wind out of the Tigers.
Instead, HHS rallied after the injury. The Tigers ended up losing the first set, but they narrowed the gap and fell only 25-16. HHS then took big steps forward offensively and defensively to win the second set. But the Cardinals (5-6) held on to win the match 25-16, 19-25, 26-24 over the Tigers (3-9), who opened the triangular with a sweep of McCook.
“One thing I love about (the team) is that they didn’t quit. They could’ve laid down after that first-set fiasco,” Hastings High head coach Dave Hepner said. “They came back and really did a great job in the second and in the third. We just got beat tonight. I really feel our team is a lot tougher today than three weeks ago. The question is if we can continue to do that. I believe in them.”