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Red Oak beats Prosper in Thriller!

May 12, 2016 (Red Oak, TX) -  No one could have anticipated the unforgettable battle that culminated in Red Oak’s come from behind 5-set, extra point win to claim the 2016 TBVVL State Championship.

During the regular season, Red Oak dispatched of Prosper in straight sets in both of their meetings, leading some to fear a one-sided State Championship match.  And as Red Oak jumped out to 15-7 lead in Set 1, it looked like the Hawks were set to cruise to victory in front of a raucous home crowd.  But Prosper, led by 2016 Player of the Year, Blake Parrish, had other ideas.

Prosper stormed back in the first set to take a 20-18 lead, putting Red Oak on its heels.  As would be the storyline all night, Red Oak rebounded with its own rally, stealing the first set from Prosper 25-21. 

In set 2, Red Oak again stormed out to an early 12-6 lead, only to see it vanish behind strong hitting by junior Blake Parrish and freshman Cody Hare, who finally broke Red Oak’s 5-set winning streak against Prosper, with a 25-21 Set 2 win.  Parrish poured in a TBVVL single match record of 33 kills on the evening, adding 16 digs and two aces.

Prosper capitalized on its momentum in Set 3, withstanding several long, hard-fought rallies, and consecutive kills and strong serving by Red Oak outside hitter, junior Chris Bugg, to get within a set of the State Title, topping Red Oak 25-22 in the third.

Now in control of the match, Prosper silenced the home crowd and appeared to have the match won by racing out to an 18-12 lead in Set 4.  With the Red Oak team looking deflated, Red Oak junior middle blocker, Brock Houston, reignited his team and the crowd with arguably the play of the night—a violent spike over the Prosper block that ended up connecting with the head of a Prosper defenseman for a dramatic kill, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.  Red Oak senior, Raymond Wilson, continued to charge up the Hawks with key blocks and kills of his own late in the set, leading to an emotional rally that saw Red Oak outscore Prosper 13-4 to close out Set 4 and send the match to sudden death in a fifth and final championship set.

Those expecting Prosper to fold after Red Oak’s dramatic Set 4 comeback would be disappointed.  Despite falling behind 12-10, Prosper powered back, rallying to a 14-13 lead and a serve for championship point.  With their backs against the wall, Red Oak immediately sided out and fought through another match point to jump to a 17-16 lead and its own chance for match point.  Those looking for drama left home happy, as both teams displayed remarkable resiliency and heart, as the title bout saw 7 total match point attempts, before Red Oak sealed the victory with a dramatic block by Red Oak senior outside hitter Trenton Lee to send fans streaming onto the court in celebration of Red Oak’s first boys’ volleyball state championship.

Chris Bugg led Red Oak with 12 kills, followed by Jake Latimer with 11 kills.  Ryan Bridgford quarterbacked the offense with 33 assists.

In addition to Parrish’s 33 kills, Prosper’s Cody Hare added 16 kills and 6 blocks, followed by Ian Trautman with 13 kills of his own.  Jackson Lloyd and Daniel Trautman split setting duties for the Eagles, contributing 33 and 22 assists, respectively, to the valiant Prosper effort. 

Both teams will be among the favorites next season, with the bulk of both rosters set to come back in 2017.   

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