APTOS — The Mount Madonna Hawks beat the surging Aptos Mariners in four sets to regain control of the SCCAL on Thursday night, which was senior night for the Mariners, in Aptos High.
The mariners were coming off a victory over Soquel High that had them in contention for the SCCAL title. The Hawks denied the Mariners the chance to take the league in league play.
Jake Getz had a career-high 37 kills on the night for the Hawks.
It looked like Aptos was going to be overpowered early in the game as the Hawks ran out to an early 5-1 lead in the first set.
Cole Welle halted the Hawks run for just a moment with a kill to cut the lead to three points, but the Hawks went on another run to gain a 10-point advantage.
They cruised to the 25-15 first set win.
The Mariners woke up in the second set.
After Mount Madonna kept them at arms length all set long the Mariners finally gained the lead at 18-17.
Both teams traded points back and forth until two Mount Madonna blocks put them ahead with a chance to win the set at 24-22.
Aptos Answered back by scoring two points of their own and both teams fought for 12 straight possessions.
With the score tied at 30, Mount Madonna got two kills from Getz to put the set away at 32-30.
Aptos won kept themselves alive by taking the second set despite the Mount Madonna following in the Aptos gym starting up a spontaneous chant.
The set was tied late at 21 and Welle scored the first of four straight Mariner points to win the set.
The final set resembled the finale round in a heavyweight-boxing match and with the Mariners on the ropes, needing the set to stay alive they scrapped and fought until the game was tied 32 all. Then the Hawks went in for the knockout shot and Roger Hooker delivered the final kill to end the match.
The Hawks will now look towards another heavyweight bout against the Soquel Knights on Tuesday at Mount Madonna School. The match could very well determine the winner of the SCCAL.
The last time the two teams face each other the Soquel Knights bullied the Hawks to a 3-1 win.
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