Woodward-Granger’s volleyball team had their 2017-2018 season come to an end one game shy of a state trip at the Class 2A-Region 3 championship game against the Council Bluffs St. Albert Saintes.

Despite losing a number of veteran seniors, the Hawks (25-14) managed to win three straight postseason games until finally succumbing to the Saintes (27-3).

At Atlantic High School on Halloween night the Hawks headed back home to Woodward with an empty bucket of goodies as the Saintes handed the them a series sweep.

After another successful season but the team failing to reach state, Hawks head coach Meg Jackson had nothing but praises for her squad.

“They left nothing on the floor, she said, worked so hard for me and I am very proud of them.”

It had been a couple of seasons since the Hawks had run through their bracket and made it to the championship game after defeating the Gaels of St. Edmonds Fort Dodge.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, the Hawks wasted little time in planning out their road trip to Atlantic after defeating the Gaels (17-14) with a 3-0 sweep.

It was a convincing win in each of the sets with the Hawks taking the first set 25-17, and then posting back-to-back 25-18 victories.

As a team the Hawks finished 65-of-72 on serves for a 90.3 percent efficiency rating. Senior Kaycee Major was a perfect 13-for-13 while sophomore Emma Drake led the squad with 22 attempts and converting 20 of them.

Major also led the Hawks in digs with 12 of the team’s 54. Junior Ashlyn Soelberg was second on the team with 11. Drake and senior Alyssa Bice each had nine.

Drake continued her team lead in assists with 31 of the total 37. She also finished with two aces of the total eight, which was one shy of the team leading three recorded by junior Anna Tague.

“The last few weeks in practice and many extra practices and training sessions, they worked so hard to make sure they could be successful,” Jackson said.