The Night Hawks took a big leap towards finishing in the top four in Region 7 this past week in downing two other teams with the same aspirations. They defeated Hazen 3-2 in sets on Sept. 26 and followed that up with another 3-2 win against the New England Tigers.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Pioneer
I missed the Hazen match but took in the New England match. The Tigers came into the match with a 3-0 region record which included a victory in four sets against Heart River. Ht. River had previously defeated the Night Hawks in three sets back on Sept. 14 and at this writing they were in second place with a 4-1 region record.
The Night Hawks came out on fire as they downed the Tigers 25-13 in the first set as Carolyn Schultz served the final five points. Tigers won the second set 28-26 with Elizabeth Kaufman playing a key role in the Tigers win. The Night Hawks had jumped out to a 9-2 lead when Kaufman served the next seven points to even the score a 9-9. The Night Hawks had their own comeback in the third set where they came back from a 13-6 deficit to win 25-18. The Tigers won the fourth set 25-18 to set up the final set. The final set went back and forth with the Night Hawks prevailing 15-13.
This was one of the better matches that I have seen as both teams were hustling and giving their all. I asked head coach of the Night Hawks Ria Eaton if this was the best you have seen them play this year? She responded, “Yes I would. They had a great game against Hazen on Tuesday night too. Both tough teams and both games to five and ending in wins for us. This team has heart and willing to fight and great chemistry. I think they’ll be fun to watch this year and should be a contender in this region.”
I was unable to get any statistics from the New England match.
In the Hazen match the Night Hawks were down 2-1 in sets but came back to win the fourth set 25-16 and the deciding fifth set 16-14. Molly Holt and Briana Sanford led the Night Hawks in kills with 12 each, Callie Anderson had 28 assists and Carolyn Schultz recorded 19 digs.