Hiland Volleyball

Lady Hawks enjoying life on the other side of the net

Katelyn Hershberger and the Lady Hawks are having fun

The shoe is now on the other foot as the Lady Hawks volleyball team is now the one delivering the punishment instead of taking it.

Just like Cinderella, the Lady Hawks (7-2) like the fit of this new shoe.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Perry Reese Community Center at Hiland High School, the Lady Hawks hammered out a convincing 25-12, 25-7, 25-13 win over Newcomerstown. It has not been that long ago that Hiland was the one on the receiving end of scores like this one. Head coach Adri Bryk said she hopes the realization that it hasn’t been that long ago the program was struggling to win games will continue to drive her team to work that much harder.

“We are playing very well right now, and it feels really good, and I am thrilled for the girls,” Bryk said. “We have built the program up to where we have some pretty big expectations right now, and we have to continue to keep working to be competitive and win the big games.”

Bryk said the transition from being a team trying to find itself and a program seeking respectability came about over the course of this past year, and the winning mind-set has been a satisfying transition.

“We now believe that we can win every game every night we take the floor, and that has been a big transition for us over a year’s time,” Bryk said. “It’s been a process to get the girls to believe that, and that has helped our program turn the corner.”

Bryk pointed to the Ridgewood victory as being one of the signature wins that wouldn’t have been possible in past years. Not since the days of Bryk playing for the Lady Hawks has the program been in this position, so she has seen it come full circle.

This one against Newcomerstown was never in doubt as Hiland took command early and never let the Trojans entertain thoughts of an upset.

The game-one blowout was a prelude to what was to come in games two and three. Game two was a complete show of dominance for Hiland as it raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back. Newcomerstown showed some grit in game three, battling back from a large deficit to trim the lead to 14-10, but Hiland would then go on another huge run to pull away for the easy win.

Mya Blochlinger paved the way for Hiland’s balanced attack, nailing down 12 kills, while Madisynn Bryk added nine. Kim Miller doled out 22 assists and added 14 digs while Madison Yoder continued her strong recent run with 16 digs and 13 service points with a pair of aces. Nikki Keim and Arryn Schlabach each added 10 service points as Hiland completed the day with a tremendous serving effort that saw countless points transpire from quality serves that forced the Trojans out of their offensive flow.

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