Hawks get by Perry in 3 sets without Remsburg
PERRY — Playing without its leading hitter, the South Hamilton volleyball team was able to muster enough offense to prevail here Tuesday night.
The Hawks were without middle hitter Taylor Remsburg and her 74 kills on the season, but they were still able to fly by Heart of Iowa Conference rival Perry in three sets, 25-10, 30-28, 26-24.
“Obviously Taylor is a player you don’t want to lose because she has the ability to not only play the front row, but she serve receives very well,” South Hamilton head coach Kayla Schaufenbuel said. “But I thought Ashlyn (Erickson) stepped up pretty well for us. She looked like she was comfortable and she’s getting used to playing with the girls.”
South Hamilton (12-15, 2-4 HOIC) breezed through the opening set, but had to claw past a feisty Perry
Perry led the third set 24-19 before South Hamilton rallied to score the final seven points.
“The first set, I couldn’t pick a single thing that we didn’t do well,” Schaufenbuel said. “We had everything together. But in the second and third sets, I’d say we got a little too relaxed. Perry is very scrappy and they got a lot of balls up, so props to them for that.”
South Hamilton statistics were unavailable as of press time, but Schaufenbuel said Kate Barkema played a key role in the front row, while libero Kailyn Northrop had a strong night defensively in the back row.
Peyton Tunink laced 11 kills and Ashley Cerna bashed eight more for Perry in the loss.