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story.lead_photo.caption Pleasant Grove middle hitters Jazz Moses and Harleigh O'Neal attempt to block the ball Tuesday in their match against Mount Vernon hosted by Pleasant Grove in Texarkana. Photo by Kelsi Brinkmeyer / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Texas — The veteran team showed that there is no substitute for experience.

Pleasant Grove's experience paid off as the Lady Hawks crushed a young Mount Vernon team, 25-12, 25-13, 25-6, in a varsity volleyball match at Hawk Gym on Tuesday.

"I thought the girls made some of the tougher plays look easy and made good plays throughout the game," Pleasant Grove head coach Amy Collvins said.

"We had good intensity throughout the game and did good making something out of nothing. We make sure to stay aggressive and make smart plays."

Adi Koller served in five points in the first set as Pleasant Grove ballooned an 11-5 lead into a 16-5 cushion.

Harleigh O'Neal sent a booming kill down the back baseline to seal the first set for the Lady Hawks.

A Katie Ferguson kill down the right side brought Pleasant Grove up to a 5-1 lead in the second set.

Lexie Snyder forced a serve-receive error to make it 6-1.

Macy Young took serve and slapped in three points to give the Hawks a 21-7 edge. Young's service included a pair of aces that were too fast and low for the Lady Tigers to handle.

The set ended when a Mount Vernon serve went long.

O'Neal served in nine points to give Pleasant Grove a commanding 13-1 lead in the final set.

During her service, O'Neal caused two serve-receive errors and fired in an ace.

The Tigers had 20 unforced errors in the final set, while the Hawks had just four.

Snyder finished with a match-high 14 service points for PG, and O'Neal finished with 10.

Ferguson had seven kills and 10 assists, Emily Nichols had 10 digs and Young had 11 assists for the Hawks.

Whitney Thornton slapped in 10 service points to lead Pleasant Grove's junior varsity to a 25-15, 25-12 victory over Mount Vernon.

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