Hawks swept by South Hardin in regional opener
The Tigers (14-13) relied on a pair of underclassmen to lead the way at net in their 25-15, 25-16, 25-23 victory. They advanced to Monday’s regional quarterfinal round against Aplington-Parkersburg (15-16).
Freshman Ellie Anderson blasted 17 kills and sophomore Jaidyn Teske added eight more for South Hardin, which beat South Hamilton (14-19) for the second time this season.
The Hawks, who dropped seven of their final eight matches, had a chance to extend the match by opening up a 22-19 lead in the third set. But South Hardin rattled off six of the final seven points to finish off the sweep.
South Hardin jumped out to an early 9-3 advantage in the opening set and led by as many as eight points before South Hamilton mounted a comeback. The Hawks closed to within 17-15 and then watched the Tigers score the final eight points.
A slew of early mistakes cost South Hamilton in the second set, as the Tigers raced out to a 13-5 lead and never looked back.
There were 10 ties and five lead changes in the final set. A Hailey Diersen block gave South Hamilton a 20-19 edge in the latter stages.
Final statistics for South Hamilton weren’t available as of press time.
The Hawks said goodbye to four seniors — Hailey Cavan, Emily Greenfield, Kylee Gunderson and Makena Keller.