The Haslett volleyball team made some history on Thursday night.
The Vikings won the school’s first regional volleyball championship, sweeping past Chelsea, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-16.
“It feels great because I know we’ve worked so hard, and we just wanted to push through to win this match,” junior Heather Holton said.
The victory sends Haslett to Tuesday’s Class B quarterfinals against Dearborn Divine Child at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti.
Thursday’s match started with a back-and-forth first game that neither team led by more than four points. But Haslett eventually took control, led by the serving of sophomore Makenna Ott. The Vikings won 10 points on Ott’s serves.
“I wasn’t hitting very well in the beginning, so I just focused on serving,” Ott said. “I was very confident in my serve.”
Chelsea jumped out to a big 17-7 lead in the second game and appeared to be on its way to tying the match. Having now won 12 straight games in the state tournament, it was one of the few times Haslett has faced adversity in the postseason
“I was a little worried to be honest, but I had faith that we could pull through in the end,” said Holton, who had a team-high three blocks.
Haslett erased the 10-point deficit with 11 straight points. Accounting for nine of those points were Ott and Holton, while junior Maria Kronner served 10 of them.
The Vikings went on to take the game, 25-20, for their biggest comeback of the season.
“I thought it was a great feat to come back in that second game when we lost the momentum,” Haslett coach Wendy McCann said.
The Vikings were then in command throughout the third game to finish the sweep.
“We just wanted to crush them and not let them get their momentum back,” Holton said.
Ott led the way for the Vikings with 18 kills and six aces. Junior Courtney Brassington had 36 assists.