Fifty-four kills sparked might’ve sparked the comeback for Woodward-Granger’s volleyball team who move on to Class 2A Region 3 semifinals after defeating Tri-Center in three of four sets.


On Monday night, the Hawks (24-13) could’ve easily been on the other side of the narrative when they began their match with a 25-21 first set loss to the host Trojans at Neola.


The Hawks would eventually win the next three sets but the matches weren’t a far gone conclusion as W-G edged out their host with scores of 25-23, 29-27 and 27-25.


Senior Julie Pitman helped ensure the three wins with her team leading 20 kills in 42 attempts.


Both senior Ashley Gales and junior Alissa Smeltzer combined for the squad’s 28 kills - Gales with 18 and Smeltzer with 10.


Fellow teammate, sophomore Emma Drake, continued to do what she does best, which was lead the team in assists, 39 of the total 52.


She also took the reigns when it came to digs where she totaled 25 of the team’s 90. Senior Kaycee Major finished with 19 and senior Katelyn Bandstra had 11.


As a team the Hawks had 86 successful serves in 99 attempts for a 86.9 percent efficiency rating. Drake was a perfect 18-for-18.


W-G finished with 12 blocks, Pitman accounting for half of them, eight block assists, four solo blocks and 10 aces.


Up next is a semifinals date On Thursday, Oct. 26 with the 18-12 Fort Dodge St. Edmond Gaels. The match will be played at Boone High School and not Tri-Center as originally intended. The start time is 7 p.m.