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Collins-Maxwell cuts off L-S in volleyball regionals (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 29, 2017, 8:22 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

The Hawk volleyball team had the home-court advantage for the first-round regional game on Tuesday, Oct. 17. But, the Collins-Maxwell Spartans proved to be a challenge and won the match in three sets, 25-16, 25-13, and 25-13.

“Unfortunately, the girls weren't on the same page at the same times on Tuesday night,” noted L-S Coach Jayme Deal. “There were times when things were working well, but we just couldn’t battle like we needed to.”

Senior McKinley Conover tips the ball.

The Hawks had five girls with perfect serve efficiency: Seniors Camryn Russell and Skyler Young and juniors Shiloh Cunningham, Carson Fisk, and Makayla Rozendaal.

L-S had only one miss total from the serving line and went 42-of-43. Cunningham also added four kills, six assists, and 11 digs after her seven successful serve attempts.

It was a close first set until midway through. The Hawks only trailed by two, 14-12, but after that, Collins-Maxwell went on a little run to put the lead up with a score of 18-12. They later finished the set winning 25-16. After their first set win, Collins-Maxwell carried the momentum into the second and third sets, winning them both easily.

“First round of regionals is always very tough, but we played hard,” said junior Makayla Rozendaal. “We could have come out of the night with a win, but it was not our night. Collins-Maxwell was a good defensive team, and they had a big hitter. Even though we didn’t come out with a win, we still played hard. Overall, the season was challenging but very productive, and we saw some good competition. As for the seniors, they will be missed greatly next season.”

Senior Skyler Young pushes up the ball in a backward set against Collins-Maxwell.

The Hawks will graduate five seniors: Russell, Young, Mariah Vos, McKinley Conover, and Madison Johnson.

Coach Deal noted how well-fought the season was.

“Last year, we played a total of 20 matches,” she said. “This year, we played 29 matches. Adding in those additional matches really helped to challenge us, especially since we played against tougher teams. We came out with second place at the North Mahaska tournament, a tie for third/fourth at the Davis County tournament, and fifth in the conference. I’m very proud of the progress the girls have made this season.”

The Hawks ended the season with an overall record of 16-12.

Freshman Korinne Jansen and senior Camryn Russell contend at the net against Collins-Maxwell.