Hudson entered its Class 4A, District 7 championship game with confidence having won two straight district titles.
Mitchell, though, wasn’t about to let the Cobras make it three in a row.
After falling in the opening game Thursday, Mitchell rebounded to win three straight and earn its first district title, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 .
“Tonight we started out a little bit tentative,” Mitchell coach Keith Paulk said. “We were playing well but not finishing points. But they solidified after winning the second game and played well the rest of the match.”
The game turned in Mitchell’s favor in Game 2 when the Mustangs (19-8) were able to eke out a two-point win .
From there, the second-seeded Mustangs used their strong serving and diversified offensive attack to put the Cobras (16-7) away handily in Games 3 and 4.
“It didn’t seem like we won those final two games by quite so many points,” Paulk said. “They felt close the whole way.”
Behind a serving run from junior Devon Felts, the Mustangs pulled away in the final game to upset the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
“Devon had the winning ace (Wednesday) and the winning ace the day before,” Paulk said. “She didn’t have the winning ace tonight, but her serving was big for us.”
Hudson advances to regionals, the third straight year the Cobras have made the playoffs.