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Our Lady Academy sets tone early against rival Hancock

Our Lady Academy's Hannah Gest. Sun Herald's annual All South Mississippi Volleyball team. Gest helped lead OLA past Hancock on Tuesday.
Our Lady Academy's Hannah Gest. Sun Herald's annual All South Mississippi Volleyball team. Gest helped lead OLA past Hancock on Tuesday. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Our Lady Academy swept Hancock in a battle of reigning state championship volleyball teams in Bay St. Louis on Tuesday. The Crescents rallied behind Rebecca Walk, Emma Funk and Hannah Gest to pick up the 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-13) win.

Walk and Funk led the Crescents with 19 and 14 kills, respectively. Walk and Hannah Gest each finished with 10 points. Gest led the Crescents with 30 assists. Lizzy Mirandy added 15 digs and Funk had 14 digs.

“We were very consistent all night long,”Crescents coach Mike Meyers said. “No matter what happened on the other side of the net, we played very consistently, didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes.

“Very very proud,” added Meyers. “It’s a big win for us. Thursday we go back, and that’s the most important game Thursday. This one will be over, and we’ve got to play the next one.”

The Crescents set the tone early, grouping points together in runs of fours and five. Tied at 7-7 in the first game, they pulled away for five consecutive points behind the serving of Walk for a 12-7 lead. They added runs of four points, closing out the game on a four-point run.

In the second game the Crescents rallied behind the serving of Mirandy for a 5-point run to take an 8-1 lead. Hancock rallied back to close within five points at 23-18.

In the final game, Hancock got their only leads of the night at 1-0 and 2-1. After an OLA time out, Mirandy dove to make a dig, sliding under a chair on the Crescent bench. She didn’t quite make it to the ball, but the Crescents seemed to be in close out mode from there. They outscored Hancock by 24-11 the rest of the way with six of Walk’s kills in the game.

“Becca’s doing a wonderful job,” Meyers said. “She’s worked really hard, and it’s all paying off. She’s a very intelligent player, makes very few mistakes.”

“We never had momentum tonight,” Hancock coach Rick Rechtien said. “We’re not anywhere as a team right now. We’re a better team than we have shown.

“They have a great crowd here,” Rechtien said. “It’s a small venue. It feels like everyone’s on top of you. They’re always tough here. We didn’t give them much to play against tonight.”

The Crescents play Biloxi on Thursday and host their tournament Saturday.

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