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Sophomores Jenna Hampton + Ann Hollas Power No. 3 Spring Hill’s Sweep of Athens

Spring Hill’s Rachel Riestenberg (6) and Ann Hollas (12) jump to make a block against Athens’ Elizabeth Hilliard (4) during Spring Hill’s first-round playoff sweep Monday night at Whitehouse’s Wildcat Arena. (Bud Worley,

WHITEHOUSE — The sophomore duo of Jenna Hampton and Ann Hollas dominated at the net to lead third-ranked Spring Hill to a 25-14, 25-22, 25-9 first-round playoff sweep of Athens at Wildcat Arena.

The win pushed Spring Hill to an impressive 36-2 this season. The Lady Panthers play Paris or Wills Point later this week in a Class 3A Region II area playoff at a site and time to be determined.

Hollas racked up 20 kills to accompany three blocks and one ace, while Hampton recorded 12 kills and three blocks to lead the Spring Hill attack.

Spring Hill’s Ann Hollas (6) returns the ball during Monday night’s first-round playoff sweep of Athens in Whitehouse. (Bud Worley,

“Jenna Hampton had an outstanding game. She hit with confidence. When she made a mistake it didn’t bother her. This is a big step for her, and that’s what we need. Ann Hollas did a great job. Two sophomores hitting did a great job.”

Senior setter Rachel Riestenberg dished out a match-high 35 assists to accompany one ace. Junior Mikai Brown had four kills, one block, and one ace, while senior Jacey Fleet added three kills.

Athens junior Sarah Reed had six kills and two aces. Senior Hannah Feinsod contributed three kills, 10 assists, and two aces. Senior Elizabeth Hilliard recorded six kills and one block, while senior Caridad Aguilera had three kills and three blocks.

Spring Hill took a quick 1-0 match advantage with a 25-14 Game 1 win, but Athens made the Lady Panthers work for their three-point Game 2 victory. Athens led 20-18 after a lead-changing rally, resulting in a Spring Hill timeout.

But out of the break, the Lady Panthers regained their form, finishing the set with a 7-2 run to take a 2-0 match edge.

“We should have never been down 20-18. Athens played very well. They fought for every point, and we did not. We were not in this gym tonight. I don’t know where we were,” Brundrett said. “We’re going back to the gym and we’re going to work out some of the stuff that went wrong.”

Spring Hill cruised in Game 3. Hollas and Hampton continued their front-line dominance, while the Spring Hill defense held Athens to single digits.

Spring Hill’s Allison Akins (11) returns the ball during Monday night’s first-round playoff sweep of Athens at Whitehouse’s Wildcat Arena. (Bud Worley,

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