Haslett made quick work of Williamston on Thursday night, dropping the host Hornets in three games to advance to the championship of this Class B girls’ volleyball district.
While the Vikings were worried about a raucous environment, they were able to seize control of the match quickly.
“The crowd was really loud, and it was a little intimidating,” Haslett coach Wendy McCann said. “I think we were able to hold our composure and keep it together.”
The Vikings advance to play Lansing Catholic — which defeated Ovid-Elsie in the other semifinal — in tonight’s championship at 7 p.m.
Haslett won the first game Thursday with ease, scoring seven of the first eight points en route to a 25-12 victory
The second game was closer but ultimately ended with Haslett on top again, 25-17. The Vikings scored 12 of the last 16 points after the match was tied at 13.
The majority of those points came from Sarah Trosko and Makenna Ott. The two girls combined to win eight points with kills and aces in the set.
Ott said Haslett came into the match with a sense of urgency.
“We just pretend like every match is our last,” Ott said. “We leave it all out on the court.”
It wasn’t long before the Vikings secured the victory. Haslett roared back from a 12-5 deficit to win the final game, 25-21.
Ott was all over the court in the victory for the Vikings. She led the team in aces, kills and blocks.
In the defeat, Paige Dutcher played well for the Hornets. She finished with a team-high six kills and 12 digs. As a sophomore, she was one of the many players that stepped up for Williamston in 2012.
“My kids have improved a ton from the start of the year to the end of the year,” Williamston head Allison Cironi said. “I think we surpassed a lot of expectations.”