Reb VB sweeps Akins to stay in playoff chase

A team high 12 kills from sophomore Maddie Krafka helped the Hays Rebels sweep the Akins Eagles in straight sets Friday at Bales Gym.

The victory places Hays (23-17, 9-4) two games ahead of Akins for the fourth and final playoff spot in 25-6A with only four matches left in the season. On Tuesday, the Rebels upset the district leading Lake Travis Cavaliers in three sets.

The Rebels wasted little time setting the tone as they sped out to a 25-9 first set win against Akins. However, Akins (20-15, 6-6), led by sophomore Shanti Ramdeen, picked up the pace of play in the final two sets.

Hays labored to a 25-22 second set win, followed by a 26-24 victory in the third and final set.

Helping Krafka were seniors Catherine Croft and Jamie Agnew, who both notched eight kills each in the match, while junior Ryann Torres finished with seven kills.

Torres also led the team with 26 assists, while sophomore Madison Hammond had 12 in the match.

On the defensive side, Hays had a block party with seven total on the night. Leading the way was junior Sydney Collins, who finished with three, while Agnew, Krafka, Croft and senior Julia Bowen all tallied one block.

Senior Kayla Tello had 11 digs while Torres had ten digs.

Hays closes its home schedule with three straight matches starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Austin. After hosting Ann Richards Oct. 16, Hays then hosts rival Lehman to close its home slate Oct. 19.

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