Mohawk eliminated by Tigers in finale

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Mohawk’s Addie Thiery takes aim on her attack over Huron’s Addie Wisehart during the Division III district final Saturday in Attica.

ATTICA –The call may not have changed the outcome of the match.

It many not have even changed who won the set.But after Huron defeated Mohawk in three games in the Division III district final in Attica, both coaches agreed.

It was a tough way to lose.

The Tigers had taken the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-18, and after taking a 22-16 lead in the third game, it appeared they’d cruise to a win and to regionals.

But the Warriors came back. The Tigers had a service error, then Mohawk’s Destini Oler delivered an ace, to make it 22-18. From there, Kaylee Ward registered a couple of kills, and after an attack error, Mohawk climbed to within 23-22. The Warriors’ Addie Thiery — who had been out with an injury — knotted things at 23 with a kill.

Huron’s Sydney Ward gave her team a 24-23 lead with a kill, but that was answered by Ward. But the Tigers got the next point, and led 25-24.

With Huron trying to close out the match, Thiery went up and slammed the ball down. It appeared to hit the ground, and for a moment, Mohawk celebrated tying the set.

But what few noticed was that one of the Huron players had been able — according to the official– to dig the ball out. When the ball hit down on the Mohawk side of the net, the point was given to the Tigers.Mohawk’s season was over.

Warriors’ coach Eric Hoover said he did not talk to the officials after the match.

“They thought they dug the ball up,” Hoover said. “I thought it was down. I don’t know if any of the line judges called it down or not; I didn’t see them signal. I wasn’t looking at them.”

Huron coach Don Wood said he didn’t see the play.

“It’s a bizarre way to end a match,” he said. “I hate for anybody to end their season on something crazy happening. I didn’t see the play; I couldn’t tell you if she got it or not.”

Hoover said there was nothing to be done once the call was made.“There’s no replay; we can’t appeal it to New York or anything like that,” he said. “It’s terrible. It’s a terrible way to end a match. I’m sure the officials don’t want to end it like that, either. There’s nothing you can do about it.”

Hoover said he wasn’t surprised by his team’s ability to rally from down six points in the third game.“I knew my girls would continue to play hard and compete,” Hoover said. “We just couldn’t make quite enough plays.”

Huron (23-2) was led by Addie Wisehart, who had 10 kills and four blocks, while Sydney Ward had had eight kills and nine digs, and Olivia Lagando had seven kills. Alli Grendow had five kills and 11 digs. Gabriella Wood had 10 digs while dishing out 26 assists.

“They don’t make many mistakes, they’re really good handling the ball,” Hoover said. “You have to be very efficient with your points, and when you get opportunities, you’ve got to take advantage of it, and we didn’t get enough of those opportunities to take advantage of in the first two sets.”

Wood said it was a good victory for his program.“Beating a team like Mohawk who absolutely would not back down, they kept playing and they battled,” coach Wood said. “They gave themselves a chance. Definitely give them a lot of credit, and give my kids a lot of credit for keeping their composure.”

Mohawk finished at 20-5.