22-25, 25-13, 29-27, 25-17
Bailey Dukes (H) 19 kills, 4 aces, 6 digs; Kiley Lawrence (H) 67 assists, 3 aces, 2 kills;
The Lady Skyhawks took on the Highlanders tonight in a match between two teams undefeated in the region thus far. With several media outlets and a big crowd, it proved to be an exciting match all-round. Game one saw freshman setter Annie Williams begin at the helm, playing the first half of the game, while junior Kiley Lawrence finished the second half of the game. Both setters connected on a few quicks, found their outsides, and earned a kill or two themselves. The Hawks dropped game one 22-25, and spent much of the game finding their rhythm against the opposing middle hitter. A larger crowd made communication a bit more difficult, and nerves seemed to get the best of our girls at times. Multiple balls dropped due to lack of communication. Middle Savannah Harwood saw the court for much of game one, with a few key blocks and drawing a block in the middle multiple times, doing a great job of freeing up our outsides. Game two, the Skyhawks began to click, Lawrence distributed the ball with almost mathematical precision, and the Hawks began to attack from every angle, and with every combination of attacks imaginable. Dukes and Reeves both left the Highlanders on their heels with strong attacks off of quick back-sets from Lawrence multiple times. Moore continued her strong back row play and kept the ball under control. In games three and four, which the Hawks won 29-17 and 25-17, respectively, Bakhaus and Alexander began to run more quicks, Dukes unloaded on numerous outsides, Hudon picked smart spots, avoided the block, Reeves ripped her usual back row attacks along with some front row, and Lawrence found the right hitters and added a few perfectly-timed dumps to finish the Highlanders off. Although the coaching staff took a great deal of notes and have a lot to work on, we got the win, played as a team and fought through a bit of adversity yet again. Congratulations, ladies!