Nothing could best describe the type of volleyball match played between St. Cecilia and Columbus Scotus than what occured during the final point itself.
Leading 24-23 in the decisive third set, the Hawkettes served to the Shamrocks. Scotus hit a big strike, a STC player dug it. Then St. Cecilia came back with a big hit of its own, and Scotus dug it. This went back and forth for almost a minute — a long volley that made fans move closer to the edge of their seats as the two talented teams simply refused to let the other have an easy chance to score.
In that situation, something out of the ordinary had to happen to end the stalemate. And it did.
The Hawkettes dug out a hard spike but were a little out of position. A set was put up but, it was clear that no one was there to hit it down. Sophomore Clare Hamburger got underneath the ball, her back toward the net and hit it over her head to send it back to Scotus. There was one hole in the Shamrocks’ defense and Hamburger, without even looking, found it.
Chapman Gymnasium shook, Hamburger was mauled by teammates, and Scotus players fell to their knees as the Class C-2 No. 1 Hawkettes defeated the Class C-1 No. 2 Shamrocks 21-25, 25-22, 25-23 Tuesday.