The Comets didn’t have their fourth win handed to them Thursday night in Ashby. The Arrows served well through five sets, hitting their mark on 92% of their serves. In the end it was Hillcrest’s scrappy play and relentless pursuit of the ball that tipped the win to their column.

The Comets fell in the first two sets, 25-21 in both contests. The night looked to play out similar to many nights for the Lady Comets, staying close and playing competitive volleyball to lost the match on a simple tip or missed service.

The Comets rallied after their second set, refusing to board the bus with another loss. They pushed to win the next match 25-19 in a decisive manner. Their play at the net tightened up, redirecting hits from Ashby to here the Comets could dig out passes to set up their own attacks.

The fourth set was do or die for Hillcrest. Ashby hoped to wrap up the game and head home to do school work, but Hillcrest dug in. They met Ashby point for point until the final few scores. Hillcrest ran to their bench in excitement after triumphing with a final set score of 25-22. The fifth set would go to fifteen.

Hillcrest used their momentum from the fourth set to rise above Ashby, winning the final set 15-10. The Comets continued to receive praise from their competition. “Hillcrest is scrappy and rarley lets a ball drop.” Ashby Head Coach Hayley Stevens said after the game. “They have hustle and heart on the court and we had great long volleys going back and forth the first two sets, consistently.”

Hillcrest was led by Olivia Foss, who had 17 kills and 23 digs on the night. Hanne Brennhaug added 7 kills, 24 set assists, 17 digs, and 6 ace serves. The Comets host Battle Lake on Tuesday night, where they will honor their senior volleyball players.

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