“It is positive for the volleyball program and positive for the community,” Eggleston continued. “Once you have gotten a taste of the playoffs you want more.
“Now we have an established program, and it shows with the number of kids we have coming out for volleyball every year.
“We now carry more kids than ever on our three teams because there is so much interest. The talent is also there. The volleyball program is like our own little family, and we spend a lot of hours together.
“I, and our coaching staff, couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Iowa Park dominated the net in the first two games of the best-of-five match. IP hitters Bre Smoak and Halee Langen along with middle hitter Rylee Hodges had their way at the net. Smoak and Langen each recored 10 kills for the match with Hodges adding nine.
But instead of laying down and letting the Lady Hawks have their way, the Lady Rams fought back in game three.
MWHS jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a kill each by Brittany Guill and Sydney Vasquez, and an ace from Erin Burgeson.
IP came back to cut the Lady Rams’ lead to 4-2 before a thunder-spike send down by senior hitter Bethany Allen off a cross-court feed by Burgeson extended the lead to 5-2.
Iowa Park tied the contest, 7-7, after a kill each from Smoak and Hodges, but MWHS came right back. Freshman Sami Hickey set up Maxi Shultz for a kill, and an IP return error gave MWHS an 8-7 advantage.
After an IP point, the Lady Hawks failed to handle a Lady Rams’ serve and returned the ball into the net as the Lady Rams led 9-8.
Iowa Park then kicked it in gear and went on an 11-3 run – thanks in part by three kills from Langen and a kill each by Hodges and Smoak – to take a 19-12 lead.