By ANDY WOLF
ATTICA — Heartbreak comes with any loss.
Mohawk got a little more than desired as a controversial final point went Huron’s way in a Division III district final Saturday at Seneca East.
The point sealed a 25-20, 25-18, 26-24 win for the Tigers who captured their third-straight district title.
Mohawk’s Addie Thiery appeared to get a kill just over the left side of the net and down, inside the boundary line.
While the Warriors were celebrating, the officials awarded the point and the match, ruling that Huron pancaked out the kill and put the ball away on continuation.
“It’s a terrible way to lose a match,” Mohawk coach Eric Hoover said, adding that he felt he saw the ball get down. “I’m sure the officials don’t want to end it that way. There’s nothing you can do about it. You just have to deal with it.”
The Tigers (23-2), ranked No. 2 in the state, meet Coldwater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the regional semifinals at Lake High School.
The Warriors nearly went away quietly in the third set, facing a 22-16 deficit.
An ace from Destini Oler and a kill by Kaylee Ward gave the Warriors some life, trailing 22-19.
Kills from Emily Conner and Thiery capped a 7-1 run used to tie it 23-23 all. Ward’s block tied it again at 24-24.
As the theme had been all night long, the Warriors couldn’t make enough plays late in sets to take control.
They trailed 23-20 in the first set and 22-18 in the second. Yet the Tigers won the final two and three points of each to close them out.
“Huron doesn’t make many mistakes,” Hoover said. “They’re good handling the ball and when they’re not getting good attacks, they’re keeping it in play. You have to be very efficient with your points.”
The Tigers also maintained quick starts in each set, leading 10-4 in the first, 7-4 in the second set and Mohawk never held a lead past its 10th point of any set.
“We work on being down in practice,” Hoover said. “It’s not like it’s new to them, even though you’re not down a whole lot during the year.”
Addie Wisehart led Huron with 10 kills on 19 of 23 attacking with four blocks and two aces.
Gabriella Wood, daughter of Huron coach Don Wood, dished out 26 assists on 68 of 71 setting while serving two aces and making 10 digs.
“Beating a team like Mohawk, who absolutely would not back down, is tough they had opportunities and kept playing,” Wood said. “They made every game, put themselves in it and gave themselves a chance.
“I give my kids a lot of credit for keeping their composure and getting the job done.”
SERVING: Hillary Sterrett 16-17, Addie Wisehart 12-13, Erin Blankenship 10-11, Sydney Ward 9-9. ACES: Blankenship 3, Gabriella Wood & Wisehart 2. KILLS: Wisehart 10, Ward 8, Olivia Lagando 7, Alli Grendow 5. ATTACKING: Wisehart 19-23, Grendow 15-18, Ward 13-15, Lagando 13-16. ASSISTS: Wood 26. SETTING: Wood 68-71. DIGS: Grendow 11, Wood 10, Ward 9. BLOCKS: Wisehart 4.