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Jaguars Fall in 5 Set Battle to Barnum

Hinckley-Finlayson hosted Barnum Monday night.

The Jags got off to a hot start in the first set, jumping out to a 3-0. That was short lived as Barnum would come back and score four unanswered points of their own. Both the teams would continue to trade points and tie the set. But late in the set Barnum had created a 20-13 gap, a gap that the Jags could not overcome. Barnum took set one 25-17. The second set started out poorly for Hinckley-Finlayson. But throughout the set the ball was simply not bouncing their way and was favoring the Bombers. Though they trailed the entire set the Jags fought back hard but came up short 25-17 again. The third set however saw momentum change hands. The Jags leaped to an 8-1 lead early. Although Barnum was able to score some points it wasn't enough, Hinckley-Finlayson put the pedal down and raced away with the set three win 25-14. The Jags still had work to do and needed to win the fourth set to try and win in the fifth. The fourth set seemed to be the most even, the ball was giving kind rolls and bounces to both squads and momentum was not favoring one or the other. As the set wore on late, the Jags had a lead but Barnum was hot on the comeback train. The Bombers had pulled within two of the Jaguar lead 21-19, that's when the team wearing red and black decided it was time to end it. They scored the final four points needed to win the set 25-19 and bring it to the final stanza.

It wasn't the greatest of starts in a set for Hinckley-Finlayson, as the trailed 7-4 in the fifth. It may not seem like much but in the final set three points can look insurmountable. Much like they had all night, the Jags battled back and even took over the lead and match point at 14-13. But match point would trade hands a few times with neither team able to close it out. Tied at 16 Barnum was able to once again take match point, it felt as if the Jags were bound to tie it again and go for the win, sadly a hit into the net ended the game in Bombers favor.

With the loss the Jags fall to 8-13 on the season and 3-9 in section play. They'll host Aitkin for their regular season finale Tuesday night. If the standings stay as they are, Hinckley-Finlayson would open the playoffs on the road again Duluth Marshall.

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