Hettinger/Scranton improved to 3-0 in Region 7 competition Thursday (Sept. 27) with a sweep of the New England Tigers on the road.
The Nighthawks improved their season record to 7-2-1 with the 25-8, 25-16 and 25-18 victory.
The Nighthawks jumped to an early 4-1 lead in the first set and stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the contest.
In the second set, the Tigers rallied to tie several times, but Hettinger/Scranton broke the deadlock and took the lead for good when they moved ahead with a 15-14 lead after a long volley.
The visitors from Adams County went on a 10-4 run to claim the second win.
In the final set, New England kept rallying, coming back from a 5-2 early deficit to tie it at 7-7 with a kill and take a 9-7 lead over their regional foe with an unbeaten record coming into the contest.
Hettinger/Scranton came back to tie at 12-12 and 14-14 before breaking away for the final win.
Ahead 19-17, the Nighthawks closed out the win with a 6-1 run.
For the Tigers, the sweep dropped the team to 1-4 in Region 7 play and 2-8 for the season. The team is also tied with Glen Ullin/Hebron in the Region 7 standings after loss, both in tenth place.
Freshman Jersey Binstock led the Tigers with 19 digs, while Angel Erickson had 18 and Rachelle Kathrein had 17 in the heavy defensive contest.
Kathrein also finished with two aces and three kills. Binstock had two kills.
According to coach Kay Moody, the team is coming along and did well against one of the top teams in the area Thursday.
“That is a good team,” she said, pointing at the Hettinger/Scranton players. “They played well. They played better than we did. They deserved to win that match,” she said.
“We still need to work on some things – our transition game. Our sideout and our serving has to be a little more consistent.
“We’ll work on it. I like the way we transitioned. We’ll get there,” Moody added.
“You have to give a lot of credit to Hettinger/Scranton. They came to play right off the bat,” she explained.
One part of the game Moody said she’s like to see more of was kills. “I’d like to see a lot of kills.
“Angel (Erickson) passed well,” the coach added. “They are a tough serving team (Hettinger/Scranton).
“We are going to win together as a team. We’d like to be a little more aggressive in service and efficient in side outs.”
The Tigers move on to play at Dickinson Trinity Tuesday, followed by Beach (Thursday) at home.
The team will travel to Dickinson Trinity for a 2 p.m. contest (Oct. 6) with the top team in the region, then host Beulah Oct. 9 for a 7 p.m. battle.
Outside hitter Alyssa Andress led Hettinger/Scranton with 14 kills, while teammate Carolyn Schultz had 15 of the team’s 31 digs in the victory.
According to coach Ria Eaton, the Nighthawks performed well against the Tigers.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum. It really is. They seemed to settle down within three or four points. We are getting better about that. There is improvement.,” Eaton said.
The coach praised captains Abbie Kludt , Breanna Sanford and Andress for helping the team settle down and focus when it was needed. “They have great leadership on and off the floor. They make sure everyone is on the same page.”
The team will be on the road to Glen Ullin and Beach for their next regional contests and will not be back home until Oct. 9 when they will host the top team in the region, Dickinson Trinity in a 6:30 p.m. contest.