HUDSON — The attire included red-and-gold body paint, red plastic trumpets and wigs of golden tinsel. From the outset of Tuesday's Class 4A region quarterfinal, this spirited assemblage of Hudson students delivered raucousness in bulk.
As for the Cobras themselves, they took a bit more time making noise of their own.
The Cobras spotted Groveland South Lake (16-8) the opening game before watching their assembly line of hitters take over en route to a 3-1 triumph.
The Cobras (21-7) are capable of taking on nearly anyone when their hitters perform as solidly as they did against the Eagles. Junior middle hitters Shannon Zasloff and Katy McGee combined for 18 kills, with McGee adding nine blocks. Classmate Cara Carley had 11 kills.
"My middles, they came to play tonight," Cobras coach Linda McQuade said. "They did a lot of blocking. That's what we've been working on and it finally came through."
South Lake capitalized on early Hudson sloppiness for a 25-23 win in Game 1. The comeback included a 13-3 spurt marked by several Cobras hitting errors.
"I think we just came out a little flat, not knowing what to expect from (South Lake)," junior right-side hitter Jessie Imbimbo said. "Kind of like a warmup game, I guess."
Hudson never trailed in Game 2 en route to a 25-14 win, then held off the Eagles 25-18 and 25-20, complementing their dominant net play by covering South Lake's steady stream of dinks and digging balls off the floor.
The last point, a kill by Zasloff, sent the student section streaming onto the court.
"We all stepped up, we really wanted to play well," Imbimbo said. "We were really hyped before the game, really ready to play."