ELK HORN – After falling 25-14 in Set 2 of its Rolling Valley Conference matchup against West Harrison, Exira-EHK rallied back to defeat West Harrison in five sets, 19-25, 14-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-11 in a mild upset Thursday night.

Though the Spartans (5-19, 3-6 RVC) showed some glimmers of life in the first set, the visiting Hawkeyes (10-12, 5-5 RVC) seeming were in control after a double digit win in set two. After that, Exira-EHK buckled down to win their third conference game of the year.

“I’m really proud of these girls,” Spartan coach Courtney Peppers said. “They really had to work for that win themselves, they’ve kind of struggled with it all season long with believing in what they can do. I think it finally clicked with them tonight.”

“I think they realized that they are the ones that control the game and how they play. They did a great job of fighting, they didn’t quit.”

When at first you do not succeed, make adjustments and try again. Senior Ellie Schultes says after a flat first two sets, the girls knew something need to change and said hustle was the main key.

“We came out flat in those first two games,” Schultes said. “Before the third game we knew we had to do something different, we switched up the line-up a bit and we knew from there we had to show some more energy and enthusiasm. When we did that, things started to go our way.”

Exira-EHK will have their next game at home on Tuesday Oct. 8 against Paton-Churdan.