Head coach Willie Baughman talks to the Harlan Community volleyball team in a timeout during Tuesday’s Teal Out match against Red Oak. The Cyclones were competitive but lost in three sets, 24-26, 14-25, 27-29. Red Oak’s Chloe Johnson (10) goes on the attack against HCHS blockers Anna Ahrenholtz (14) and Lauren Andersen (15) as Kara Weis looks on. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)Cyclone senior Kara Weis (left) sets the ball for Olivia Petersen. HCHS sophomore Ashley Hall serves against Red Oak. HCHS junior Lindsey Andersen receives a Red Oak serve Tuesday as Ashley Hall looks on.

Tigers win the close ones, sweep Cyclone netters

HCHS volleyball now 2-4 in Hawkeye 10

 HARLAN (Sept. 25) -- Five times on Tuesday night, the Harlan Community volleyball team had a set point to win either the first or third game vs. Red Oak.
 And all five times, the visiting Tigers made a play at the net - usually by Chloe Johnson or Sophie Walker - to prevent a Cyclone victory.
 The result was a sweep and a lot of ‘what ifs’ as the 11th-ranked (3A) Tigers topped HCHS 26-24, 25-14, 29-27 on Teal Out Night for ovarian cancer awareness.
 The match featured three very different sets, two of which easily could have gone the Cyclones’ way.
 They let a 10-2 lead slip away in set one, recovered to go ahead 24-22 but couldn’t finish the deal. Red Oak then scored the first nine points of set two and squelched a Harlan comeback attempt.
 In the third set, HCHS fell behind 8-4 but fought back the whole way and finally took the lead at 24-23, 25-24 and 27-26. Once again Red Oak persevered, getting four late kills/tips from Johnson to end the match.
 HCHS dropped to 10-14 overall and 2-4 in Hawkeye Ten Conference matches. The Tigers are 11-9 and 3-2, respectively.

Red Oak 26-25-29, HCHS 24-14-27
Harlan Community Stat Leaders
 Serving: 57/65 (87.7%), 6 aces -- Haley Manz 21/22 (5 aces), Olivia Petersen 8/8.
 Hitting: 88/104, 32 kills (10.7 per set), .154 kill eff. -- Petersen 15/15, 7 kills (.467 eff.); Anna Ahrenholtz 18/20, 7 kills (.250); Hayley Hopkins 22/27, 7 kills (.074); Lauren Andersen 10/12, 5 kills (.250).
 Assists: 30 -- Kara Weis 29, Hall 1. Blocks: 7 -- Lauren Andersen 4 (1 solo).
 Digs: 47 -- Weis 10, Hall 10, Juhl 8, Lindsey Andersen 7.
 Serve Receive Average: 2.37/3.00 (71 att.) -- Ahrenholtz 3.00 (2), Hopkins 2.64 (22), Lindsey Andersen 2.40 (20).

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