The Saint Cecilia Hawkettes swept the Buffalos of Gibbon 25-17, 25-11, 25-10 Thursday night on their home court in Chapman Gymnasium. The No. 1 rated Hawkettes used their experience and balanced attack to get their fifth win of the season.
“The experience factor is big for us and it makes it easier to have so many different options when we attack,” said Hawkettes head coach Alan VanCura. “It helps having the experience that we have with McKenna, Tori and Chloe and Katharine they are used to playing with each other and they really play well together.”
The Hawkettes got on the board first with a kill from senior Chloe McCauley on an assist from sophomore Jill Parr. From there they built a 6-4 lead on kills from senior Tori Thomas and sophomore Addie Kirkegaard. Thomas and Kirkegaard teamed up for a block in the early go of set number one. The Buffalos came back to gain a 12-11 lead midway through the first set.
“For a while Gibbon played very well, they dug a lot of balls and are very scrappy,” VanCura said. “They threw some things at us that we don’t normally see, a lot of back row attacks and off speed hits and it caught us off guard a little bit. We made some adjustments and also cleaned up some unforced errors and played a pretty good game after that.”
The Hawkettes got an ace serve from junior Katharine Hamburger and back-to-back kills from Thomas to take a 16-12 lead. The Hawkettes finished the set on a 6-0 run to win the set 25-17.
In set number two, the Hawkettes took a narrow 5-4 lead before they went on a 10-0 run to take a 15-4 lead. Thomas tallied four ace serves in the run and Kirkegaard added two kills in the run. McCauley added another ace serve late in the set and Thomas nailed a kill to give the Hawkettes a 25-11 set two win.
“I thought if we could stick with them and break them so to speak we would start getting some easy points,” commented Van Cura. “We missed some serves early but as the match went on it got better and those are big momentum killers and we were able to take advantage of that.”
The final set was all the Hawkettes getting kills from five different players including senior Emma Schneider. Sophomore Haley Reifert came in late in the set and served back to back aces to help the Hawkettes win the set 25-10.
“It was a good win, we weathered the storm in the beginning and hopefully we can build off this because we have some tough game this weekend,” Van Cura said.