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The Heritage volleyball team is regional champs once again.
The Hawks defeated Cerro Gordo 25-19, 25-10 in the Class 1A Decatur Lutheran Regional Championship match on Oct. 25.
This makes back-to-back regional championships for the Hawks.
Terra Rumer had 13 serves and five aces. Stephanie Sanderson had six assists and 11 serves. Cedar Richardson had five kills and three blocks. Taylor Weinke had four kills, two blocks and five assists.
Jennifer Lannon had five digs.
Game one started out slow for the Hawks, who quickly found themselves behind early, 9-3.
After a long rally, which the Hawks won with a Sanderson kill, the Hawks would go on 8-0 run.
The Hawks would never again trail in the game.
Cerro Gordo fought back in the second game. Getting a quick side out, and then running off two quick service points, the Broncos would lead the second game 3-0.
A huge kill from Sanderson and serving from Ali Stigers held the Hawks take a 5-3 lead.
“The Hawks as a team, played outstanding volleyball,” head coach Jeremy Richards said. The win brings the Hawks season record to 21-15.
The Hawks move on to sectional play at Stewardson-Strasburg on Oct. 30, and will play Arthur-Lovington in the sectional semifinals.
Heritage beat Decatur Lutheran 26-24, 15-25, 25-20 on Oct. 23.
Richards said his team started out slow, which he said could be blamed on the hour and a half travel time to Decatur Lutheran.
“With the slow start they dug themselves a hole, which they quickly got out of,” he said.
The two teams went back and forth in the first game before Heritage won the game.
Heritage struggled again in the second game.
Richards said the team struggled with their defensive passing, and never really contended in the game.
Richards said he gave the girls a pep talk after the second game and pointed out they were the number one seed.
The pep talk must have worked.
In the third game, Heritage took the lead due to the serving of Weinke and the hitting of Sanderson and jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back, winning 25-20.
Weinke had 16 serves and 16 assists. Sanderson had four aces, nine kills and two blocks.
Heritage traveled to Bement to play their final regular season match on Oct. 18.
The Hawks won the game with scores of 27-29, 25-16 25-12.
With the win the Hawks finished 7-3 in the Little Okaw Valley.
Wienke had 25 serves, 19 assists and four aces. Sanderson had 13 kills, three blocks and 10 digs. Richardson had three digs.
Heritage came out strong and opened up a big lead to start the first game.
Bement took their final time out when trailing 22-16 and then forced a side out.
They followed the side out with a rally of their own, and before Heritage could get a side out, had taken the lead and was up 24-22. Heritage took its final time out and then forced a side out.
They would tie the game up at 24, but fail to take the lead again in the first match, and eventually would lose the first game.
During the second game, Wienke ran off five straight serves.
Richards said Heritage controlled the tempo of the second game and dominated at the net.
“The Hawks played outstanding defense in the game, and had great play out of Miranda Pruitt, Breanna Kelly, Jennifer Lannon and Ali Stigers, all of who passed the ball unbelievably well out of the back row,” Richards said.
In the third game, Wienke ran off seven straight serves to start the game.
Heritage won the final game 25-12.
Heritage lost against Arthur- Lovington, 20-25 and 17-25 on Oct. 16.
Richards said Arthur-Lovington came out strong and ran off several big kills.
They surged to early 14-6 lead. but the Hawks countered with a run of their own, lead by the serving of Stigers and big play at the net from Richardson, the Hawks pulled back even at 14-14.
Both teams exchanged big hits, with Sanderson getting a huge kill off a set from Wienke.
Richards said the size of Arthur-Lovington proved too much for the Hawks and they lost the first game.
The second game started out very much the same way as the first, with Arthur-Lovington jumping out to an early lead.
The Hawks would again match the surged but once again the size of Arthur-Lovington would prove to much to handle and Heritage would again drop the second game 17-25, and lose the match.
Against Judah Christian
On Oct. 15, Heritage beat Judah Christian with a score of 25-8, 25-21.
Wienke had 14 serves, four aces and 1 block. Sanderson had five kills.
Miranda Pruitt and Rumer had one block. Richardson had four digs.