The Hackett Jr High Lady Hornets have successfully achieved what they set out to accomplish at the beginning of their volleyball season. They knew they wanted to go for gold. They knew it was going to take an abundance of hard work to get to the top. And with some encouraging pushes from their coaches, Bridget Freeman and Broc Adams, and the consistent support from their community, the Jr Lady Hornets got the job done.
After winning their final conference match of the season 2-0 against the Lady Spartans of Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, Hackett was mentally and physically ready to smash their final task of the 2019 season. Districts. The Lady Hornets took their iconic play skills on the road to Decatur on Saturday, October 12 to battle the talents of their peers and determine who would reap the sought after title of District Champions.
In the semi-final round, Hackett was tasked to take on the Decatur Lady Bulldogs. The match was over before the Lady Bulldogs even knew what hit them. With sets ending 25-2 and 25-10, the Lady Hornets took the 2-0 win and waited patiently for their next victim. During that match, Alona Rothwell led her team with eight aces followed by Makenzie Freeman with three and Prairie Vaughn with two. Vaughn took the lead in the kill zone with six kills while Rothwell and Mackenzie Mendenhall pulled in three each and Freeman netted one. And with more extravagant digs than a millionaire was Freeman with three, and Rothwell, Vaughn, and Lilly Slavens with one apiece. Rothwell also obtained one block.
The Lady Hornets were filled with anticipation in preparing for the final item on their to-do list and that was to annihilate the competitor that was standing in their way of achieving greatness. Sitting in the finals, Hackett was face to face with the Lavaca Lady Golden Arrows. A team they were no strangers to, having only played them a few days before, the match was over before it even began as the Lady Hornets yet again spiked out a 2-0 win with final scores of 25-2 and 25-10. Freeman snagged eight aces with Mendenhall gaining four, Rothwell obtaining three and Slavens scoring one. Rothwell and Vaughn tied with five kills followed by Mendenhall with four, Freeman and Tori Blanton with three and Slavens with one. And digging their way to domination was Freeman with five, Rothwell and Kyleigh Hill with three each, and Slavens with two.
The Hackett Jr High Lady Hornets will now close shop on their incredible 2019 volleyball season while walking away District Champions and owning a final record of 21-3. With half of their roster moving up to the Sr High team next year, this group of Lady Hornets is only getting started!