However, the Lady Rams came back with a spike for a kill by Allen followed by a timely block by Ashley Valdez and an IP return error to cut the Lady Hawks’ lead to 19-15.
Iowa Park then took advantage of a MWHS service error and consecutive return errors to take a 23-15 lead.
A kill by Hodges brought game three to match points, and on the ensuing rally the Lady Rams returned the ball into the net as the Lady Hawks advanced to the second round.
“I think we were swinging aggressively in game three,” Eggleston said. “In every timeout I was telling the girls not to give them easy points and to make them work for points.
“I think we finally started swinging away in game three. I used Bethany (Allen) as an example. She was swinging away the entire match and getting it taken care of.
“She got a handful of kills (team-leading seven) off of swinging (hard). That was what worked in game three as we flipped the switch to play aggressively and not give them any type of freebie points where they could swing right back at us.
“Iowa Park is a consistent team, and they played well. They put the ball down and finished rallies.
“But in game three we showed we can play with them because we were being aggressive.”