The Hiland girls volleyball team had their season end on Thursday night at the hands of a very talented Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints squad. The Saints came into the game as the heavy favorite, and they showed why. Led by junior captain Megan Lawless, the Saints defeated the Hawks in the minimum three sets.
Although the scores might not reflect it, the Hawks would not go quietly. After falling behind in the first set 12-4, they started to battle back.
They got two quick points followed by an Ariel Cooper kill to pull within 12-7. The Lady Hawks would get another point before the Saints regained control of the set and ran away with a 25-10 victory.
The second set would go back and forth. The set was knotted up at all the way up through eight, before the height of the Saints started to take its toll. It seemed every time the Hawks started gaining some momentum, the Saints would come back with a barrage of kills. TCC would eventually take the set 25-15. In the third, and what proved to be the final set, Hiland jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, highlighted by a series of nice digs by senior Natasha Yoder. However, the Saints responded to take a 7-6 lead when a block by Hiland’s Sierra Miller tied the score back up at seven apiece. The Saints jumped back out to a 16-10 lead until another pair of kills from Cooper brought the Hawks back to within four. Those would be the final points of the year for the Lady Hawks. The Saints Anna Thompson would serve out the rest of the set and bring home the Sectional championship for the Saints.
Even if they were disappointed by the outcome of the game, the Hawks couldn’t feel bad about the way they played, or the effort they had given throughout the year. “I think we really started to play together as a team,” said Hiland senior Alexis Guggisberg, “We were playing for each other.”
Yoder added that “We had our ups and downs throughout the year, but we really stuck together and pushed through.”
The Lady Hawks finished the season with a record of 5-18.