"Mentally it was really tough for the girls to see Hannah go down with the ankle," Anita King said. "She's by far our leading hitter and that was unfortunate. I don't think we ever regrouped after that."
The Huskies could never get within six points as Philip Barbour powered through the finish to end Hoover's season.
Despite the loss, the future is bright for the volleyball program at Herbert Hoover. King, the coach, has led the team to consecutive state tournament appearances in her first two years at the helm and loses only one senior, Damia Mogielski, to graduation.
"I think in years past Herbert Hoover has had a strong tradition in volleyball but it went away and got a little dark there for a little while," King, a 1993 Hoover graduate, said. "I'm an alumni of that long tradition. I had two of my three high school years at the state tournament as a player so that's one of the reasons I came back and started coaching at Hoover."
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.