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OLA Volleyball caps ‘special night’ with memorable win over county rival Hancock

Our Lady Academy's Alia Tayara slams the ball between Hancock's double block Wednesday night at OLA. The Lady Crescents defeated visiting HHS 3-2 (25-17, 10-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-5).
Our Lady Academy's Alia Tayara slams the ball between Hancock's double block Wednesday night at OLA. The Lady Crescents defeated visiting HHS 3-2 (25-17, 10-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-5). Biloxi

Our Lady Academy's volleyball team stepped up to the occasion Wednesday.

Hosting a “Pink Out” in honor of basketball coach Breanna Halley, a 25-year old OLA teacher who is currently battling breast cancer, the Lady Crescents fought hard to knock off rival Hancock 3-2 (25-17, 10-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-5).

After the match's final point, OLA's boisterous student section, covered in pink, yelled “FOR COACH HALLEY,” which echoed throughout the gymnasium.

“I thought our girls played as well as they could have possibly played. I think that's a tribute to Coach Halley, a very special night,” OLA coach Mike Meyers said. “It was a special night. It was a good night at OLA.”

Added HHS coach Rick Rechtien: "Even though we didn't play very well and lost, it was an honor to be associated with an event like that."

Wednesday's win wasn't easy for the Lady Crescents (7-1). After a good start, OLA only scored 10 points in the second set. Still, the home squad stuck together and gutted out the victory.

“I'm very proud of our girls. Hancock has a very, very, very good team,” Meyers said. “We stayed in there and fought with them, especially after the second set when they beat us 25-10. It would have been easy to fold up our tents and go home, but we didn't.”

Normally an offensive squad that overwhelms opponents, OLA played a more complete match Wednesday.

“I think what made the difference for us was our passing and defense,” he said. “We passed the ball very well all night long and as the night went on we dug more and more balls. That was the difference.”

Emma Funk led the OLA attack with 32 kills. Alia Tayara and Rebecca Walk chipped in 12 and 10 respectively. Hannah Gest recorded 36 assists.

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