With her team playing some decent volleyball, Hiland head coach Adri Bryk felt it would simply be a matter of time before her squad started to rack up some wins after putting in a very good summer workout.
With a team boasting several long-time varsity letter winners and a whole slew of youngsters, the Lady Hawks suffered through a 1-6 record to begin the 2016 season.
However, maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to work hard, Hiland has turned the corer and seems headed in the right direction after dealing Inter-Valley Conference foes Malvern and Sandy Valley three-game setbacks in recent days.
Oddly enough, both of the game three finals went extra time, and Hiland won both clinching games by identical 29-27 counts.
Hiland hosted Malvern Saturday, Sept. 10, and played a solid, effective all-around team game. The home team posted a 25-14, 25-17, 29-27 victory to improve to 2-6.
The Lady Hawks bolted out to an early lead in game one and never looked back, winning handily 25-14. Game two wasn’t much different, as Hiland used a variety of attackers at the net to post the 25-17 win.
That set the stage for game three, where Hiland got a better challenge form the Hornets, but still managed to hang on for a 29-27 victory.
Leading the way for Hiland was senior Brittany Wengerd, who recorded 10 service pints, two of which were aces, and 16 digs. Kim Miller added eight service points and seven kills, Katelyn Hershberger recorded eight service points, with to aces, Madisynn Bryk had a strong game with 10 kills and four blocks, Madison Yoder recorded six kills and both Miller and Hershberger doled out 14 assists.
In the Tuesday, Sept. 13 showdown with Sandy Valley in The nest at Magnolia, Hiland had to shake off the rust of a long trek, but came out banging on all cylinders, collecting a 25-13, 25-15, 29-29 win to improve to 3-6.
Much like the Malvern contest, Hiland rushed out to two huge wins before the Cardinals settled in and made it a contest in game three. Yet the Lady Hawks showed enough poise to handle the challenge, and again pulled together in the end to edge out the 29-27 win as both teams had opportunities to put that game in the win column.
Nikki Overholt recorded 11 service points, Bryk added nine, while hammering home five kills, Brooke Stutzman recorded a team-high seven kills, Kim Miller added five kills to go with 19 assists, Mya Blochlinger tacked on six kills and Wengerd and Arryn Schlabach had 17 and 10 digs, respectively.
Hiland’s JV team also added to the win total, grinding out solid 25-5, 25-9 win over the Hornets and a 25-9, 25-19 victory over Sandy Valley.