No. 11 Hinton rallies together for win over Remsen St. Mary’s

Friday, September 16, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Hinton’s Bailey Boeve goes up for an attack in Tuesday’s win over Remsen St. Mary’s. The freshman led the Blackhawks with a career-high 17 kills.

HINTON — Purple isn’t one of the school colors for either Hinton or Remsen St. Mary’s, two War Eagle Conference foes who met Tuesday night with perfect records still intact in volleyball action. Still, most of those in attendance on both sides at M.V. Shafenberg Auditorium were wearing purple. The reason? To show support for Hinton junior Carly Hicklin as her mother, Dawn, a graduate of RSM, passed away after a battle with cancer only days before.

“It was a very emotional night for us,” Hinton co-Head Coach Robin Mohr said. “You could see some times that we weren’t mentally all there, but they did a heck of a job tonight to win against a good Remsen St. Mary’s team.”

After the lineups were announced, the two teams came together to form a circle at mid-court for a moment of silence to honor the memory of Dawn.

RSM Head Coach Stacy Bunkers said the Hicklin family has been in the prayers of her team.

“The girls were really heartfelt for everything going on with this team,” Bunkers said. “It seems like Hinton has a lot of emotional things going on lately and they have been in our prayers. Day in, day out, we make sure we say the extra prayers for them because we know they need it.”

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) The Hinton coaches and players on the bench wearing purple to support one of their own.

Once action began, Hinton jumped out to an early lead of 10-3. An ace serve for RSM’s Mya Bunkers helped cut into the deficit a little bit, but the Blackhawks still were able to get to 20 points with a six point advantage. Hinton struggled to finish off the set as RSM went on a 7-1 run to tie the score at 21-21.

Bunkers said she liked the way her team responded to the early deficit.

“They had confidence the whole entire time, in all three sets,” Bunkers said. “It might not have looked like it because we lost by such a big amount for the second set, but they had the confidence tonight. They came in excited and ready to play a top team that we’ve only heard really, really good things about.”

Hinton was able to close out the set with a 25-23 win with kills from Natalee Junck and Karlyn Kovarna, each part of their matching five kills in the contest, a block from Ashlyn Kovarna, part of her one solo and five block assists on the night, and then a lift violation against the Hawks to seal the victory.

Mohr said escaping with the first set win was important.

“They’ve got some dangerous hitters. They move well on the floor. They dig the ball up,” Mohr said. “So to get that first set win was very important for us to kind of help us get over the top.”

A pair of kills for Karlyn Kovarna led to timeouts in the second set at 8-3 and 20-8. Mohr said the freshman has stepped up well in Hicklin’s absence.

“Karlyn came in and has done a great job while Carly’s out,” Mohr said. “As a team we know that we have to step up and take places.”

Hinton finished off a 25-12 win in the second with a kill from Junck.

A serving run from Aubree Lake built up a 4-0 lead for the Blackhawks in the third. Lake had one of three ace serves in the match as she was successful on 25-of-26 serves.

“Aubree, our first server, she really sets the table for us well,” Mohr said. “She’s consistent on the serves.”

After falling behind 8-2, RSM was able to pull to within one at 12-11 as Carmindee Ricke sent a pair of serves grazing just over the top of the net and down for aces.

Hinton then closed out the set by outscoring the Hawks 13-3. The run included a nice stretch for Gabbie Friessen who had consecutive kills as well as an ace during the frame. She finished second on the team with seven kills and also led the team with 12 digs.

Aside from six kills for Whitney Jensen, who was the only player for RSM with a positive hitting efficiency, it was a tough hitting performance for the Hawks who ended -.051 on their attacking efficiency.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Whitney Jensen goes up for a block for Remsen St. Mary’s in their match Tuesday at Hinton. She had two blocks which tied for the team lead. The junior also led the Hawks with six kills and tied for the team lead in digs.

“We couldn’t get a lot to our middle and those are our powerhouses,” Bunkers said. “We couldn’t get a lot there because it all starts with the pass and if you don’t get the pass, you can’t utilize them.”

On the other side, Hinton hit .250 as a team with Bailey Boeve leading the way with a .556 efficiency. The freshman hit a career high with 17 kills in the match including for the final point of the 25-14 win in the third set.

Remsen St. Mary’s falls to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The Hawks next turn their attention to the CYO Tournament on Sunday with Bunkers looking to work on a few things at practice in preparation for those matches.

“Definitely blocking, adjusting our defense to line hits, our passes getting to our target is key,” Bunkers said were the main areas to improve upon.

Hinton improved to 9-0 with the win and 4-0 in the conference. With the match against RSM being moved up a couple days to accommodate visitation and funeral arrangements, the Hinton team can continue to support their teammate before returning to action on Sept. 22.

“We’re a family and that started this summer. We went to a bunch of camps and the girls bonded well and support Carly,” Mohr said. “We’d like to thank Remsen St. Mary’s for all they did, by moving it, wearing purple, bringing Carly a gift basket. We really appreciate that and they’re a great bunch of young ladies. We’ve got the rest of the week ahead of us which is going to be tough on us. We’ll get through it and move on and look forward to next week.”

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