Lady Blackhawks open season with win over RSM

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Above, Brittany Johnson of RSM blocks an incoming attack from Hinton’s Anna Coffee. Johnson led the Hawks with five kills and 14 digs.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

HINTON — The Hinton volleyball team opened the season and War Eagle Conference play on Tuesday, August 28, with a sweep of Remsen St. Mary’s at the elementary school gym.

Hinton won the first set 25-18 and were in control for most of the second set.

RSM Head Coach Alex Willman said her team lacked some of the energy they had on opening night.

“We didn’t come with any energy,” Willman said. “That was our downfall tonight. Actually kind of surprising because at practice, the girls have a lot of energy. I think the nerves got to them.”

Hinton’s lone blemish in the second came as the Blackhawks let the Hawks pull back to within four with a 5-0 run of attacking errors which forced Coleman to call a timeout. After regrouping, the Blackhawks went on a 7-0 run of their own before closing out the set with a 25-15 win on a kill from Aspen Coffee, one of her team best 14 in the match.

RSM held the early advantage in the third, leading by as many as four at 12-8. Willman said her team needs to be able to do a better job of keeping momentum on their side when they take the lead.

“They really need to work on finishing this year,” Willman said. “We get these leads and then we always let people back in, so we have to work on consistency.”

Peyton George led the way back in front for Hinton at the service line as her ace put the Blackhawks back in front at 15-14 and forced an RSM timeout. The ace was one of her team best four in the match as the Blackhawks dropped in a total of 13 ace serves. George continued serving out of the timeout as the team scored six more points to go ahead 21-14 before the Hawks found an answer. The Blackhawks went on to take the third set 25-16.

Claire Kipp ended with five kills and three aces for the Blackhawks. Freshman Anna Coffee and seniors Gracie Eli and George all finished with four kills. George was the team leader with 15 digs and was followed by Shelbie Young with 11. Young had 31 of the teams set assists and tied with the two Coffees for most blocks with two.

RSM was led by Brittany Johnson with five kills and 14 digs. Her dig total matched libero Lexi Harpenau for most on the team.

Miranda Loutsch added 12 digs to go along with a pair of kills. Carly Ortmann and Ashley Willman each added two kills with Ortmann having the team’s only two blocks.

RSM (2-1) travels to play rival Gehlen Catholic on Thursday, August 30.