JEWELL - The South Hamilton volleyball team matched North Polk for much of the match here last night, but inopportune mistakes late in sets prevented the Hawks from seriously threatening in Heart of Iowa Conference play.
The Comets (18-9, 5-2 HOIC) took control of each of the sets in the later stages to sweep the match 3-0, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.
"What we really need to work on is consistency and then the finishing of (sets)," South Hamilton head coach Cindy Holmes said. "North Polk is a good team and we were right there with them These kids work so hard and have such great practices, I'm just ready to start seeing that trickle into our matches."
Tiffany Jacobson had what Holmes called her best match of the season; she smacked seven kills with just one error and had five blocks.
Savana Stangeland added five kills for the Hawks (5-11, 2-5 HOIC). Alyssa Hegland had four, and Eliana Lowry and Sarah Rudy both collected three.
Molly Minich and MacKenzie Busch distributed 11 and 10 assists, respectively.
Kills - SH: Eliana Lowry 3, Sarah Rudy 3, Savana Stangeland 5, Alyssa Hegland 4, Tiffany Jacobson 7.
Blocks - SH: Lowry 4, Stangeland 4, Hegland 2, Jacobson 5.
Digs - SH: Rudy 7, Hannah Pulis 4, Lowry 1, Mackenzie Busch 1, Shea VanLangen 1.
Assists - SH: Busch 10, Molly Minich 11.
Serving - SH: Rudy 13-15; Busch 8-9; Pulis 13-13; Hegland 9-11.
Rudy led the Hawks' defense with seven digs. Hannah Pulis chipped in four.
South Hamilton will be back on its home floor on Thursday for a non-conference match against No. 8-ranked (Class 2A) Woodward-Granger.