Bartlesville High School Athletics


Huhs' big play lifts Salthawks


The partisan Hutchinson High crowd at the Salthawk Activity Center burst into a loud “Let’s go Salthawks” cheer. A victory was one point away for the Salthawks’ volleyball team. The point, however, was about to go to Campus. A Campus player hit a ball that was destined to plop onto the Salthawks’ side of the court safely, effectively saving a match point. Hutchinson senior libero Bailey Huhs didn’t want that ball to land. She didn’t want Campus to gain any momentum. And she didn’t want the fans to have to cheer for any more points. Huhs dove near the Hutchinson bench, extended her right arm, and somehow hit the ball high in the air. Then came a pass to senior Logan Williams, and she thundered a kill, causing an incredible roar not often heard at a high school volleyball match. Hutchinson had won, topping Campus in a three-set thriller, 24-26, 25-14, 25-21. The Salthawks also swept Liberal earlier in the evening. “I knew if I didn’t get that ball, it may not have gone the way it did,” Huhs said. “We may have lost. I just ran my butt off and tried to get to it.” Huhs is correct in saying Hutch may have lost. After all, Campus trailed the first set 24-21 and scored the next five points. Hutchinson coach Tina Johnson said Huhs wasn’t at her best during the match, but still made the match’s biggest play. “What a remarkable thing for Bailey to struggle in that match, and to make a play like that,” Johnson said. “And then for Logan Williams to swing like that ... it’s a true pleasure to coach this group of kids.” The Salthawks were boosted late by a large group of boys from other sports, namely football and soccer. Campus trailed 20-14 in the third set, but the Colts rattled off seven straight in taking a 21-20 lead. That’s when the “Let’s go Salthawks,” chant started. Hutchinson scored the next point, tying the set. The chant grew louder. Two Campus errors and a Micah Tomac ace gave Hutchinson three match points. “I believe it did (help),” Huhs said about the crowd. “It got us pumped up and it got us excited. You don’t really get a crowd in volleyball, but we did and it excited us.” Huhs’ amazing body-sacrificing hustle play may result in even more fans the next time the Salthawks play at home Sept. 15.