LAUREL HILL — Things looked bleak for Laurel Hill School’s volleyball team midway through the third set against Pleasant Home, Ala., on Monday.
The Eagles had already won the first two sets and were up 11-6, needing just 14 more points to take the win.
But the Hoboes weren’t ready to call it an early night, as they scored the next five points to tie the set. But there was plenty of work to do as Pleasant Home moved back in front 21-18.
With victory within their grasp, the Eagles faltered as the Hoboes went on a 7-1 run to take the set on their way to a come from behind five set win by scores of 16-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-13 and 15-9.
“As a coach you like to see a team go through those kind of games at some point in the season,” Laurel Hill coach Kent Zessin said. “I am proud of the girls that they didn’t get their heads down.
“They came out and I thought they weren’t real focused. Our passing was off and our serving was off, which threw our whole game off. We turned around and got focused. Our leaders stepped up.”
It seemed as if every Laurel Hill player had a role in the comeback.
Bridget Zessin, Lauren Gordon and Kaylee L’Homme took care of business at the net. Morgan Meeks was an assist machine with 14 and Breanna Trunk did her part with six assists.
Once the Hoboes (11-4) finally secured the lead in the third set they refused to let go of it. Laurel Hill jumped to a quick 6-1 lead in the fourth set and never looked back, pulling even in the match.
The Hoboes moved in front 3-0 early in the fifth set only to see the Eagles tie the set at 3-3.
Ashley Hatfield took over in serve for Laurel Hill and scored two of her five aces to help push the Hobo lead to 7-3. The Eagles never got closer than two points the rest of the way as Laurel Hill held on for the win.
Gordon topped the Hoboes with eight kills and six aces. Zessin had seven kills to go along with three blocks. And L’Homme delivered six kills.
“Lauren Gordon and Bridget Zessin did an outstanding job hitting the ball at the net,” Kent Zessin said. “Our serves were in during the last three (sets) and we settled down on our passing.
“As long as we are pass, set, hit, we are a pretty good team.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.