When Hettinger-Scranton scored the first point in the third set of its match again Glen Ullin-Hebron, Night Hawks junior outside hitter Alyssa Andress let out an emphatic scream and fist pump.
It was not any ordinary first point to a set.
Tying the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinal at 1-1, the Bearcats prevailed in the previous frame 25-21 after the Night Hawks took the first frame 25-11. Hettinger-Scranton responded with renewed intensity.
"I think we really wanted to capitalize on some things and do the best that we could to achieve our goals and win tonight," Andress said. "I think all of us came out super excited after that timeout, really wanting to boost our energy and come out playing hard."
Behind Andress' energy, the No. 2 Night Hawks cruised a 25-14 win in the third and 25-15 in the fourth, capturing a 3-1 victory over No. 10 seed Glen Ullin-Hebron on Monday, Nov. 5, from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Hettinger-Scranton will play No. 3 Bowman County in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Down 1-0, Glen Ullin-Hebron raced out to a 4-0 advantage in the second frame. After the Night Hawks tied it at 4-4, the two teams went back-and-forth before a kill at the front of the net by senior middle hitter Kristin Schaaf gave the Bearcats a 13-12 advantage. Glen Ullin-Hebron, who is the only lower seed to advance past the first round, remained ahead the rest of the frame.
"We showed a lot of heart these last two matches. We battled to the end," Bearcats head coach Phil Weldele said. "I think something that was kind of missing with us, but we kind of built it during the season and I can't complain about the effort. The effort was there and I told them in the locker room, 'if we get beat, we get beat, but I just don't want to lose.'"
In the third, Andress delivered four straight aces, providing Hettinger-Scranton with a 10-4 cushion. Later, she rocketed an attack down the line to push the lead to 18-9. Sophomore middle hitter Sam Oase ended the frame with kill past the block attempt of Schaaf and senior middle Lexi Gietzen.
"I think she did well. For a sophomore who is not used to this kind of pressure, I thought she did great," Night Hawks head coach Ria Eaton said of Oase. "I like the fact that she came out on the court confident right away, swung 100 percent right away, and didn't let anything get to her."
Gietzen collected a block in the fourth set that pulled Glen Ullin-Hebron to within four, 18-14, but the Night Hawks put away the match with a 7-1 run capped by a kill from senior setter Abbie Kludt.
"I think they finally decided that they needed to relax, come out and have fun; play a game that they like to play," Eaton said. "I think if you are uptight and worried about an outcome instead what's going on right now in that moment, it affects your performance. That's what we talked about in the huddle and decided we should just go for it."
No. 2 Hettinger-Scranton 3, No. 10 Glen Ullin-Hebron 1
GUH 11 25 14 15 - 1
HS 25 21 25 25 - 3
Kills: GUH, Lexi Gietzen 8, Kinsey Zinoff 7, Kristin Schaaf 3, Alyssa Duppong 2, Taizalee Glass 2.
Blocks: GUH, Gietzen 5, Schaaf 1, Glass 1, A. Duppong 1,
Aces: GUH, Schaaf 2, Glass 1.
Digs: GUH, Zuroff 13, Gietzen 13, Schaaf 11, Glass 8, A. Duppong 6.
Assists: GUH, Chelsey Duppong 13, Glass 5, Schaaf 1.
Hettinger-Scranton individual were not available
Records: GUH, 11-23. HS, 28-6-1.