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Hammond tops Springfield in 3 sets

Ryne Berthelot/Daily Star

OVER THE NET -- Hammond's Soliya Clark goes up for the spike against Springfield's Anna Barnum.

For coach Amber Babin, Hammond's three-set win over Springfield on the road Wednesday was a reassuring sign that her team would rise to the occasion.

"It's a great win for us right in the middle of district," Babin said. "Especially with the second round of our district schedule starting."

The Lady Bulldogs stayed with Hammond step for step through the first set before the Lady Tors pulled ahead late and won 25-21. On the backs of seniors Erin Smith and Eryn Wilks, the Lady Tors took the second set 25-14 and the third set 25-18.

The win marked the end of a brief losing spell for Hammond, who lost their last two matches to Ponchatoula and Slidell, while the game marks the beginning of a losing streak for the Lady Bulldogs, who lost to Loranger in three sets Tuesday. With just a few matches left in the season, both teams have struggled with injuries over the past weeks. Springfield was without outside hitter Rachel Wheat among other starters, while Hammond was without a pair of starters as well. Both teams have had to adjust their playing styles to their newfound lineups.

"I've got two starters out right now, and they've been out going on three weeks," Babin said. "We've been doing a lot of switching around. We had to switch up in the middle of the second game tonight with our setter. It's kind of put a hurt on our hitting game a little bit, but everybody's adjusting. I think we're doing well. We're kind of hanging on to our own in district."