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Salado investigates volleyball incident

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Mon Oct 13, 2014.

The Salado High School administration is currently investigating a post-match incident involving head volleyball coach Tara Hatfield, athletic director Brent Graham said Wednesday.

After Salado lost a hotly contested road match, 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 25-15, 15-9, against Florence on Tuesday, Hatfield had to be escorted off the court by Salado assistants and parents following a verbal confrontation with the officials.

The incident escalated when parents from the Salado section came down to the court, with one reportedly threatening an official.

All of this followed an intense final set, in which Hatfield was warned by an official and forced to sit down for the remainder of the match.

Graham said he wasn’t able to say a lot about the incident, as the investigation is ongoing, but that Salado always has and will continue to hold itself to the highest standards of sportsmanship.

“The biggest thing is we’re investigating,” Graham said, “It’s under investigation right now as we speak, and I can’t really comment on personnel.

“But I can tell you this, our expectations in Salado for our coaches, our students, our fans is to display a high level of sportsmanship and we’re working on that everyday diligently to reflect that.”

After the match, Hatfield reportedly addressed Florence coach Kelly Stephens directly, saying, “That was not an evenly called match, and you know it.”

Stephens, who responded by asking if Hatfield was accusing her of cheating, said after the match that there were no hard feelings.

“It’s an emotional game,” Stephens said. “I have no hard feelings toward her, and I hope she doesn’t have any toward me either.”

Salado returns to action Friday when it hosts Lexington at 5:30 p.m.

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