HUDSON — The last whistle cut through the cheers, and both teams gathered in tight rings. The girls placed their hands on teammates’ shoulders and inclined their heads toward the center.
Then both huddles broke, and Fivay (8-5, 5-0) ran to the sideline to celebrate a close victory eked out in two games, 25-23, 25-23, to win the Fivay Volleyball Classic.
The Falcons faced a Sunlake team (8-3, 4-1) that had gone into the tournament undefeated in district play.
Coach Nikki Pollock said it was the desire to win the tournament they host each year that drove them through the weekend.
“They just stayed with it and they pulled through,” she said.
Pollock said she has a core group of players who could make Fivay a serious threat in the district tournament.
“We don’t rely on one player to get it done,” Pollock said.
Fivay’s focus turns to its remaining games in 5A-8. The Falcons face River Ridge (4-5, 1-4) on Wednesday and will meet the Seahawks again next week.