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South State showdown: OLA, Resurrection, Hancock still in the hunt for titles

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Resurrection's Shannon Unger, left, and Daja Cowan attempt to block a ball spiked by Our Lady Academy on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, in Bay St. Louis.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Resurrection's Shannon Unger, left, and Daja Cowan attempt to block a ball spiked by Our Lady Academy on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, in Bay St. Louis. SUN HERALD

Three Coast high school volleyball teams that have made it through the playoffs undefeated will hit the courts Tuesday with a chance to advance to their respective state championships.

Hancock, Our Lady Academy and Resurrection Catholic School will be playing for south state championships after sweeping their opponents Saturday.

Class II showdown

The Hancock Hawks swept Pearl 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-13) Saturday evening, keeping the state title hopes alive for first-year coach Rick Rechtien and his team.

The Hawks will host Oak Grove, who defeated Ocean Springs, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

"The kids are very excited and they are happy to be here," Rechtien said. "We lost seven starters from last year's team, so it was a complete rebuild. Because of that, we were a little skeptical of how we would do. But the girls have battled hard and matured and they've learned to play hard."

Rechtien said the Hawks are looking to not only win their third South State championship in a row but to finish the year as state champions.

"We've been the South State champions for the past two years," he said. "We hope to win on out. But before we do that, we have to play Oak Grove and they are a very good team. They are one of the best in the state."

OLA-RCS clash

The OLA Crescents and the RCS Eagles will meet again at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bay St. Louis as the Crescents host the Eagles in the South State championship match.

OLA won the teams' previous two meetings this season.

RSC swept Salem 3-0 (25-14, 25-6, 25-8) Saturday and OLA beat East Marion 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-19) to make it to South State.

"We wanted to get them so many times and we were right there over there at their place, but we haven't finished it off," Eagles coach Keith Tucker said. "I feel like we have the team to do it if we can just mentally come out and think we can do it.

"We just want to step on the court and get at it."

The teams met in south state last year, fueling the rivalry.

"This is a big rivalry game. This is one of the best seasons Resurrection has ever had," Tucker said. "But it would feel good to pull out the win against them and get the south state championship."

Crescents coach Mike Meyers said his team is ready to face Tuesday's challenge as they move closer to defending their state title.

"Resurrection is a good team," Meyers said. "We respect them. But we are also ready to get out there and play."

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