JEWELL - The first steps are always the hardest to take.
With a new coach calling the shots and a fresh batch of players on the varsity floor for the first time, the South Hamilton volleyball team showed flashes of solid play on the opening night of the season here last night.
But inconsistencies offensively and defensively ultimately made the difference, as the Hawks came up empty in non-conference matches against Eagle Grove and Prairie Valley.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
South Hamilton libero Hannah Pulis makes the pass up to the setter during last night’s match against Eagle Grove in Jewell. The Hawks dropped a pair of matches.
The Eagles handed South Hamilton a 2-0 loss, 25-21 and 25-20. The Warriors matched that effort with a sweep, 25-20 and 25-13.
Prairie Valley came out of the night unscathed with a three-set win over Eagle Grove, 25-23, 16-25, 15-9.
"You could tell that, with all the new faces, there were some issues," South Hamilton first-year head coach Cindy Holmes said. "Putting it all together was the problem. If something didn't go our way we kind of lost our passion and focus, and so we just need some mental growth in some areas. But we'll keep plugging away."
Veteran front row presence - one of the few players with experience on the roster - Eliana Lowry lashed eight kills in the two-match set for the Hawks. Freshman Alyssa Hegland notched four form the right side of the floor.
"I thought Alyssa Hegland had a nice floor presence," Holmes said. "She did some nice things out there."
Hannah Pulis, the returning starter at libero, came up with 12 digs. Mackenzie Busch dished out eight assists, two more than Carly Swenson.
Sarah Rudy had the equalizer behind the service line, as she piled up six aces. Swenson finished with three.
South Hamilton will have a week to work out the kinks before it heads to Ogden to face the Bulldogs in another non-conference contest next Tuesday.