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It’s not the ending they wanted.
On Oct. 30 the Heritage volleyball season came to an end.
The Hawks faced Arthur-Lovington in the Strasburg Class 1A sectional semifinal and lost 25-11, 27-25.
The Hawks recently played Arthur-Lovington on Oct. 16.
The Hawks lost that match 25-20 and 17-25.
At the time, head coach Jeremy Richards said the size of Arthur-Lovington proved too much for the Hawks.
The Lancers proved to much for the Hawks again. Arthur-Lovington came out and took control in the first game. The Lancers controlled the tempo of the game, and took advantage of the passing mistakes of the Heritage squad.
Heritage would respond in the second game however, and battle throughout the game. Heritage trailed for most of the second game but managed to take the lead on a Stephanie Sanderson spike, for a score of 22-21.
Heritage was up 24-22 when the Lancers got a side out and the two teams battled back and forth before the Lancers would finish the match, winning the second game, 27-25. Heritage finishes its season with a record of 21-16.
Richards said he was proud of his team.
“My girls played outstanding this year. I knew coming into the season, having seen the girls during summer workouts, that we had a ton of talent. My only concern was our lack of size. When your tallest girl is 5’9”, you could struggle at the net,” he said. “However these girls all proved that you don’t have to be “big” to win. They more than made up for their lack of size, with speed and team work. The thing that made the most proud about this team was they way they worked together out on the floor.”
Richards said despite early struggles the girls came together.
“The girls were having to adjust to a new system, and a new coaching style,” he said. “To their credit, they bought into my system, and coaching, and showed a mental toughness that great teams have.”
Richards said next year he thinks the Hawks will only improve.
“We will have a solid group of juniors returning as seniors next year,” he said. “What we will be working on is filling those holes left by the seniors, and just continuing to work on all aspects of our games.”
Richards said passing, setting, hitting and serving will be addressed.
“I set high goals for my teams and we strive to reach those goals. With another regional win this season, we have continued to raise the bar of expectations for our ladies here at Heritage, and we will continue to build a winning tradition,” Richards said.
Sanderson, Weinke make all-conference
The coaches from the Little Okaw Valley volleyball teams to select their annual all-conference team.
Heritage had two selections. Stephanie Sanderson was named to the first team all-LOVC selection.
Sanderson led the Hawks in kills and digs this season and was second in assists, third in aces.
Taylor Weinke was an unanimous second team all-LOVC selection.
Weinke lead the team in service points, aces and assists.
She was second on the team in digs and kills, and third in blocks.