The Woodward-Granger Hawks volleyball team started regionals on Tuesday, Oct. 17 with another game against the Ogden Bulldogs. The Hawks beat the Bulldogs in three sets to move on to the second round.
The Hawks began the first set with the first point from a kill by Alyssa Bice. They quickly led 3-0 before giving the Bulldogs their first point from a play that didn’t make it back over the net.
The Hawks continued to lead though, and soon, with a kill hit by Ashley Gales, the Hawks led 9-2. The Hawks then gave the Bulldogs’ their third point on the next serve when an attempt to return a kill flew out-of-bounds.
The Hawks rebounded and soon, with a kill from Julie Pitman, the Hawks were up 15-8.
The Hawks let the Bulldogs score one point on the next three plays, and after a few more serves, they bumped up their lead to ten points (21-11).
Unfortunately, the Hawks let the Bulldogs score two more points before getting the ball back. But, a few more plays and after a block built by Alissa Smeltzer and Gales, the Hawks led by ten again (24-14).
On the set point, a block by Gales and Emma Drake went out-of-bounds, allowing the Bulldogs another point. When the Bulldogs served, Gales returned the ball with a kill to end the set 25-15.
Pitman started the second set with a block to score the first point for the Hawks. On the next play, a Bulldog kill went out-of-bounds and the Hawks led 2-0.
The Bulldogs were able to tie up the score at 2-2 after a Hawk serve fell short and then they hit an ace serve.
The score went back and forth from there, tying every other point. The Hawks finally got the lead when Smeltzer had a kill that put the score at 18-16.
The Hawks were able to bring the score to 23-16 before letting the Bulldogs get another point. The Bulldogs closed the gap by two points when a Hawk block fell short and a pass went out of bounds. The scoreboard now read 23-18.
The Hawks got the ball back on the next play, though, when the serve went flying out-of-bounds. The Hawks then won the second set when a Bulldog had two hits. The second set ended 25-18.
The Bulldogs started the third set with the first point after the Hawks were called on a lift.
The Bulldogs continued to lead until Smeltzer had a kill that tied the score at 6-6. After Smeltzer’s kill, the score went back and forth for a bit until two missed kills by the Bulldogs put the Hawks up 11-9.
The Hawks kept scoring on the Bulldogs, until a kill by Smeltzer fell out-of-bounds and their scoring streak ended at 17-10.
In the next several plays, the Bulldogs scored just two points while, after a block by Gales, the Hawks were up 23-12.
The set ended when the Bulldogs had two kills fall into the net. The Hawks won the third set 25-12 and the match 3-0.
The Hawks are now 23-13 on the season going into their second round of regionals. Their next match will be in Neola against Tri-Center on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.