KILN, MS (WLOX) - The No. 2 ranked Lady Hawks set lofty goals before the season and the main goal, a Class III State Championship remains within reach.
Hancock head coach Rick Rechtien is the builder of champions.
"We've been to the state championship the last three years in a row, "said Rechtien. "They have always fallen one game short, one set short. So, we're hoping this year to jump over that hurdle."
Madison Ladner has 350 kills and 105 blocks to lead the Lady Hawks.
Ladner said, "I feel like honestly this is the most mentally tough team we have ever had. We don't have much height, but we're a lot more scrappy then what we use to be."
Rylee Swilley has piled up 291 kills and 94 blocks. She says the experience of playing in the state finals in the past will help.
"People say that the third time is the charm, but know our team has been different, "Swilley said. "So, I feel like we have that little element of surprise."
A Hancock win over Tupelo at Millsaps on Friday would lift the Lady Hawks to the Class III championship game Saturday at 4:30.
Hancock has run off an impressive 34-3 record this season.