KILN -- The Hancock Hawks are headed to the Class III state volleyball finals after a classic and exciting match Tuesday.
Hancock (25-10) knocked off Oak Grove 3-0 (23-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-21, 16-14) in an epic South State battle in the Hawks gym before a roaring crowd.
Karrington Perkins served out the last two points in the fifth set as Hancock took aim on its second state title, and first since 2010 in volleyball. Oak Grove finished at 25-7.
"It's awesome," Hancock sophomore Brooke Fagan said. "We've worked hard this whole season. We came out tonight, were focused and had energy. We did what our coach wanted us to do. We were fighting. Our team has heart."
"It was a great match," Hancock coach Rick Rechtien said. "Our kids never give up. They are persistent. They never give up."
Hancock led 12-9 in the final set but Oak Grove roared back to take a 13-12 lead. Oak Grove led 14-13 but Hancock reeled off the last three points.
Perkins had 11 serving points. Fagan had 13 points and Madison Ladner nine points.
Breleigh Favre, daughter of NFL great Brett Favre, had nine points for Oak Grove. Rhyan Plumlee also had nine points. Grace Sanders had seven.
Favre and Sinclair Green led the Oak Grove front line. Rylee Swilley had a large number of kills for Hancock.