By Lisa Hughes
The Lady Hawks volleyball season is off to a busy start with seven games in the first nine days of the season. The Lady Hawks opened the season with a long trip to take on the Lady Wolves of Arthur County, Thursday August 30, and lost a four game match 19-25, 25-14, 18-25 and 16-25. The Hawks were led by Whitney Heiting who finished with 19 service points including 6 aces. Elizabeth Roberts added 7 and Kodee Muhr 6.
Tuesday, September 4, the Lady Hawks were on the road again for a triangular at Hemingford. The Lady Hawks picked up their first win of the season against the Banner County Lady Wildcats winning 25-21 and 25-18. Stephanie Tlustos had 10 points from the service line including 3 aces. Michaela Metcalf added 7 with 2 aces.
In the final game of the night the Lady Hawks took on the host Hemingford Lady Cats. In game one, the Lady Cats built a 14-7 lead on the strength of Paige Philips’ serving. After a sideout, Whitney Heiting stepped to the service line for a string of her own, pulling the Lady Hawks to within 1 point, 13-14. The score went back and forth for the remainder of the game before the Lady Cats took and exciting 29-27 first game win. In the second game, Alexis Phillips helped the Lady Cats build a 13-3 lead, and Kaitlyn Jespersen added two more points from the service line as the Lady Cats built what would seem an insurmountable 16-4 lead before 9 straight points by Elizabeth Roberts helped to put the Lady Hawks back in the battle. After trading points, the Lady Cats Kelsy Wood served five straight points to give Hemingford the 24-16 lead. The Hawks continued to battle pulling to within four, 20-24 before a Hawks service error gave the Cats the 25-20 win. Elizabeth Roberts led the Hawks with 11 points including 4 aces, while Whitney Heiting and Jesse Heiting each added 7.
Friday night, the road weary Hawks jumped on the bus again to head to Edgemont, South Dakota for a conference match-up with the Lady Moguls. Despite a strong first game, the Lady Hawks fell to Edgemont in three 18-25, 7-25, and 14-25. Elizabeth Roberts led the Lady Hawks with 3 kills, 3 points and 1 block. Michaela Metcalf added 3 points, 3 blocks, and 1 kill. Whitney Heiting led from the service line with 6 points including 3 aces.
Saturday, the Lady Hawks rounded out their week at the Gordon/Rushville tournament. The Lady Hawks took on the host Gordon/Rushville Mustangs in the first game and lost 17-25 and 18-25. Stephanie Tlustos finished the game with 3 kills and 4 points. Elizabeth Roberts also added 3 kills and 6 points.
In the second game of the day, the Lady Hawks picked up their second win of the season with a 25-22, 25-23 win over the Crawford Lady Rams. Stephanie Tlustos and Michaela each had 4 kills to lead the team in hitting. Metcalf added 7 points with 2 aces, and Tlustos finished with 6 points with 1 ace. Kodee Muhr added 3 kills and 5 points.
In their third and final game of the tournament the Lady Hawks met up for the second time already this season with the Lady Cats of Hemingford dropping a two set match 22-25 and 15-25. Tlustos again led the Lady Hawks in hitting with 4 kills and added 4 points. Kodee Muhr, Kate Roberts, and Michaela Metcalf each added 2 kills. Whitney Heiting added 1 kill and 4 points including 1 ace. The Lady Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday, September 11, for their home premier against the Bennett County Warriors. The Lady Hawks record starts at 2-5.
By Lisa Hughes