Hawk spikers sweep Rams, improve to 19-2

JEFFERSON — It’s safe to say that Ashley Rosenstiel is enjoying her first gig as a head coach at the varsity level.

What’s not to like? Her team wins. A lot.

Rosenstiel stood courtside and watched her South Hamilton volleyball team put together another clinical effort here last night, as the Hawks disposed of Greene County in a sweep — 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 — in the Heart of Iowa Conference opener for both teams.

It was the ninth straight win for the Hawks (19-2), including the second in the last five days over the Rams.

Through 21 matches, South Hamilton’s players have made it pretty easy on their coach. They’ve swept 15 matches and been in control in the large majority of the sets they’ve played.

“It’s definitely fun and it’s really exciting,” Rosenstiel said. “It’s been a great experience so far, honestly, and it hasn’t been very stressful. I kind of like to let the girls figure things out, especially when we lose three or four points in a row. They usually pick it up and go on a run and that’s that.”

Rosenstiel was forced to jump on her team last night for what she felt were inconsistencies, but the Hawks were still strong enough to roll by Greene County (3-6, 0-1 HOIC).

“I got on them a little bit,” she said. “We had our good moments and our bad moments, but getting a conference sweep, that’s awesome. That’s all you can ask for.”

South Hamilton put together a .160 kill efficiency with 26 terminations in 75 swings. Hailey Cavan led the way with seven, while Lily Skartvedt and Katelyn Sogard both swatted six. Breanne Diersen smacked four from the middle of the floor.

Taylor Volkmann handed out 17 assists from her architect role at setter.

Skartvedt led the way defensively with 18 digs and she was one of four players with double-digit totals. Karlie Busch collected 13, Diersen had 12 and Cavan 11.

Volkmann also laced two service aces. Cavan, Skartvedt and Diersen all had one.

South Hamilton will now have a week to prepare for a pivotal league match against Roland-Story in Story City next Thursday night. The Norse handed the Hawks one of their two losses, a 2-0 setback on the opening night of the season back on Aug. 20.

South Hamilton 3, Greene County 2

Thursday at Jefferson

South Hamilton Statistics

Attacks — Lily Skartvedt 11-15, 6 kills; Hailey Cavan 21-25, 7 kills; Katelyn Sogard 13-17, 6 kills; Sydney Friest 5-7, 2 kills; Breanne Diersen 8-8, 4 kills; Emily Greenfield 3-3, 1 kill.

Blocks — Diersen 3, Friest 2, Cavan 1, Sogard 1.

Digs — Skartvedt 18, Karlie Busch 13, Diersen 12, Cavan 11, Taylor Volkmann 8, Leah Jacoby 6, Greenfield 3, Sogard 2, Friest 1.

Assists — Volkmann 17, Busch 5, Skartvedt 2, Jacoby 2.

Serving — Cavan 12-12, 1 ace; Skartvedt 10-11, 1 ace; Sogard 1-1; Busch 9-9; Jacoby 7-8; Volkmann 15-15, 2 aces; Diersen 10-10, 1 ace.