High School Sports

Hancock sweeps Pearl, advances to Class III South State Finals

PEARL -- It was pure dominance.

Behind Riley Swilley and Amanda Kay Shubert Hancock defeated Pearl in three sets 25-10, 25-14 and 25-13 in the second round of the MHSAA Class III volleyball playoffs on Saturday night.

The Lady Hawks (24-10) will host Oak Grove in the South State championship on Tuesday night.

The game was delayed 20 minutes due to Hancock arriving late due to Pearl hosting MHSAA band competition.

"I thought came out slow, but we didn't get to warm up like normal so that had something to do with it," said Hancock coach David Irwin. "Once we got going about midway through the first set the girls did what they had to do."

The closest Pearl (11-6) got to taking a lead was in the third set when the Lady Pirates cut the Hancock lead to 6-3.

Junior midhitter Riley Swilley had 16 kills and 10 points to lead the Lady Hawks.

"I think we played pretty well with us getting here late. We put the ball down like we were suppose too and made great passes," Swilley said. "We don't know what to expect because we've never faced Pearl before so we just did what we had to do."

Catie Ladner had nine kills and 10 points, while Karrington Perkins added eight kills for Hancock.

Back up setter Amanda Kay Shubert had 12 points and 32 assists for the Lady Hawks.

"I thought Amanda played very well," Irwin said. "She had great set passes for the hitters and I feel like she was the difference for us tonight."

Swilley, Ladner and Perkins were hoping to get another shot at Oak Grove. They will now.

Oak Grove beat Hancock twice in the regular season.

"I think we can beat them. The last time we played at their place and were a little intimidated," Ladner said. "We get them at home, so we will be ready."