By Scott Bidroski
The Hawks Volleyball team hit the road once again to write the next chapter in the 2023 season.
It was a very successful trip to Garden County High School as the Hawks walked away with two solid wins.
They began the evening with another match-up against the Banner County Wildcats.
The Hawks swept the first match-up and they continued that trend, taking two more straight sets for the win.
Sophomore Mya Turman was electric at the net, tallying 12 kills in the 2 sets.
Sophomore Julia Russell also added in 5 kills and freshman Reece Varvel dished out 13 assists as well in the win.
The team then turned their attention to the host school, Garden County, for the second match.
The two teams were very evenly matched, trading 25-23 sets to force a winner take all 3rd set.
In that third set, the Hawks found the separation they had been looking for, pushing ahead by the score of 25-17.
Turman led the offensive charge once again, sending down 7 kills and picking up 14 digs.
Freshman Aliana Raymer also added in 5 kills and Russell was right behind with 5 kills as well. Russell also added in 4 blocks.
Varvel was the leading passer once again, tallying 10 assists.
“So far I have been very pleased with our freshmen and sophomore,” said Head Coach Lisa Merritt.
“They are already putting up some decent stats and carrying a pretty heavy load for the team. This will only continue to get better I think,” she added.
The team improved their record to 3-1 overall and will now turn their attention to their first home matches of the season.
Hemingford and Crawford traveled to Lister-Sage this past Tuesday, September 5 for the first matches of the season in Hay Springs.
Results from those matches were not available before print.
Coach Merritt likes what she has seen so far from her squad but knows they will need to keep improving to continue the success.
“Right now, we are really trying to work on being cohesive,” said Coach Merritt.
“With so much youth, it is really hard to get them to trust their teammates and communication is key. I feel like the younger players are already showing more confidence on the floor during games. Baptism by fire,” she added.