MINDEN — One step closer.
The St. Cecilia volleyball team is one win away from going to the state tournament as district champs after defeating Blue Hill 25-15, 25-20, 25-15 in the Class C-2, Subdistrict 9 title match Tuesday. The Hawkettes, who likely have a wild-card berth looked up, came out of the gate energetic and determined to move on.
“We were just really excited and pumped up,” St. Cecilia setter Clare Hamburger said. “We knew that they were going to come out strong, so we had to come out strong, too.”
The Hawkettes (28-3) played as well as a team could to start the match, getting everybody involved and executing the offense.
STC head coach Alan VanCura said when his team is moving the ball quickly, it can establish one-on-one opportunities and take advantage of them. Blue Hill coach Kirsti Allen said St. Cecilia is a hard team to beat when it can play like that.
“It’s tough. They’re so quick and so athletic. You make the adjustment to double-block and then they come back with a tip,” said Allen, whose squad ended the season 22-8. “They see the floor so well. They saw our holes and they just put the ball there. They’re a good team and they’re very disciplined and very fundamentally sound, and they run a very quick offense. We just weren’t quite quick enough tonight.”
With the win, St. Cecilia will play Wood River in the Class C-2, District 5 final Friday at 7 p.m. at Grand Island Senior High.