Hawks make quick work of PCM, improve to 18-6

South Hamilton’s Sydney Friest (11) and Breanne Diersen (14) challenge a PCM attack on Monday in Monroe. Newton Daily News photo/Troy Hyde

MONROE — The bus ride may have been long, but the match was not for the South Hamilton volleyball team here Monday night.

The Hawks started quickly and dealt Prairie City-Monroe a 3-0 Heart of Iowa Conference loss on the Mustangs’ home floor. South Hamilton (18-6, 2-3 HOIC) ripped through PCM (9-15, 1-4 HOIC) by scores of 25-9, 25-20, 25-16.

In winning their third match in their last four outings, the Hawks bashed 25 kills and hit .263 as a team. It didn’t hurt that they sprinkled in 11 service aces and collected 15 blocks.

Senior outside hitter Anna Moss led the charge with nine kills, eight digs, three blocks and a pair of service aces. Moss hit a match high .571 from her position on the perimeter with just one error in 14 swings.

Taylor Ratzke lashed five kills and registered a team-high six blocks. Hailey Cavan added four kills, while Chloe Barkema and Sydney Friest had two kills each.

Katelyn Sogard came off the Hawks’ bench and made her presence known in the back row. Her nine digs and four aces were both team highs. Karlie Busch joined Moss with two aces.

Setter Taylor Volkmann doled out 11 assists. Busch finished with four.

South Hamilton will head to Alleman on Thursday to face conference rival North Polk as well as Grand View Christian.

POSTSEASON: South Hamilton received a first-round regional bye and will host either Central Springs or Belmond-Klemme in a Class 2A Region 6 quarterfinal on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.

South Hamilton 3, PCM 0

Monday at Monroe

Attacks — Anna Moss 13-14, 9 kills; Taylor Ratzke 7-8, 5 kills; Hailey Cavan 8-10, 4 kills; Chloe Barkema 2-3, 2 kills; Sydney Friest 4-4, 2 kills; Breanne Diersen 3-4, 1 kill; Anna Ervin 5-6, 1 kill; Lily Skartvedt 4-6, 1 kill; Katelyn Sogard 1-1; Emily Greenfield 0-1.

Blocks — Ratzke 6, Moss 3, H. Cavan 2, Friest 2, Barkema 1, Diersen 1.

Digs — Sogard 9, Moss 8, H. Cavan 5, Diersen 2, Skartvedt 2, Taylor Volkmann 2, Makayla Cavan 1, Ratzke 1.

Assists — Volkmann 11, Karlie Busch 4, H. Cavan 1, M. Cavan 1, Friest 1, Skartvedt 1.

Serving — Sogard 16-16, 4 aces; Busch 8-8, 2 aces; Moss 9-11, 2 aces; Volkmann 15-15, 2 aces; Skartvedt 5-5, 1 ace; Friest 3-3; Greenfield 2-2; Leah Jacoby 1-1; H. Cavan 1-2; M. Cavan 1-2.