The McGehee Hawks held off a furious rally by the Newman Greenies to defeat them in five games in a Division IV, District 6 match Thursday.
Newman trailed 2-0 but managed to force five games before the Hawks took the final game.
McGehee improved to 34-4 on the season while Newman fell to 20-10.
McGehee claimed the match 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 25-27, 15-10.
“Our district is really tough, and we were just fortunate to come out with a hard-fought win,” McGehee coach Val Whitfield-Dunn said.
The two sides traded the first 10 points of Game 5, but the Hawks went on a 5-0 run and eventually closed it out 15-10.
“We had to step up our defense,” McGehee defender Te’Ja Williams said. “We just had to keep our cool, have fun and just play it out one step at a time.”
In the first game, McGehee got off to a fast start scoring the first six points before Newman called a timeout. The Greenies then went on a 4-0 run before McGehee scored their next point.
The game was close the rest of the way, but McGehee took advantage of a few errors by Newman to hold on for the win.
The second game was tight most of the way. McGehee stretched it out to a 19-16 lead before a timeout was called, and scored six of the final eight points to win the second game 25-18. Once again, the Hawks made Newman pay for their mistakes.
Newman started the third game on a hot streak, quickly building up a 7-3 lead, their largest of the match at that point, before a Hawks timeout. The stoppage had little impact, however, as the Greenies extended their lead to 16-8, forcing another McGehee timeout. Newman closed out the game 25-16.
It looked liked a fifth game was inevitable when Newman built up an 8-3 lead.
But McGehee rallied to score seven points in a row to go up 10-8.
The game went back and forth the rest of the way, with Newman finally prevailing 27-25 to set up the decisive fifth game.