Hiland Volleyball

Consistent Lady Hawks take down Hornets in three

Madison Yoder

Even as Malvern and Hiland warmed up prior to their Inter-Valley Conference volleyball showdown at the Reese Center on Thursday, Aug. 24, it didn’t take a volleyball expert to realize these two teams were going to be a good match for one another.

But each time things got a little hairy, the Lady Hawks seemed to have an answer, and the result was a spirited 3-0 victory that saw Hiland play very consistent volleyball throughout the entire evening.

Hiland won game one 25-22 in a squeaker that was back and forth the whole way, took control midway through game two to seize a 25-13 win and overcame a 15-12 deficit in game three to eventually score a 25-21 win.

“That was a pretty good effort from us as a whole,” Hiland head coach Adri Bryk said, “especially coming off of a loss to Triway on Tuesday in which we didn’t play well. I won’t take anything away from Triway. They beat us, and they are a tremendous program. But it seemed like we were so nervous, hyped up. It was the first day of school, and we didn’t show up to play. Tonight we settled in early and really played sound fundamental volleyball.”

Bryk said the team’s receive and volley performance was leaps and bounds ahead of what it was versus the Titans, and that helped them set the offense in motion.

Both of these teams are very familiar with each other, having played several times this offseason. In addition they were extremely competitive last year as well when Hiland began to emerge as a team to be reckoned with.

“I know defense is hard, and it isn’t as much fun as offense, but that is where your offense begins,” Bryk said of the serve and receive game. “Even when we fell behind in game three, I felt that our kids stayed confident and knew they could come back. That was a little bit of a measuring stick for us because it gives us a good idea of what we are up against. But this team knows where it wants to be this year, and we want to keep striving for all of the goals we have put up for this team this season.”

Olivia Gingerich served seven points for the winners along with three aces. Madisynn Bryk recorded three blocks and 14 kills while Mya Blochlinger added nine kills. Kim Miller doled out a whopping 34 assists, and Madison Yoder recorded 13 digs for the Lady Hawks, who improved to 2-1 on the campaign.

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