Execution and communication were the themes of W-G’s volleyball match against Interstate 35, Truro on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Dawning patriotic ribbons in their hair to honor the day, the Hawks defeated their opponent winning all three sets. With similar margin scores throughout the entire match W-G won 25-10, 25-7, and 25-13.
When asked what she told her players going into this match-up, Head Coach Bailey Hunt said she focused on individual players’ abilities and the team’s group ability.
“First of all we started by coming up with some personal goals for each girl to have just because we play a little bit tougher if we are working towards something,” Coach Hunt said. “We also had areas of focus tonight. Our focus was to able to talk more to each other and to call out what the other team is hitting.”
A theme repeated throughout the match as well as by a few key players after the victory was change. Anna Tague was one to fight for the open spots during all three sets and spectators saw some of her best hitting all season. Tague was pleased with her performance and her team’s performance overall, but knows there’s more to work on.
“I think we did really well! We need to try and communicate a little more and try new things to mix it up a little bit,” said Tague.
Emma Drake had similar success on Tuesday night with her ability to switch things up on offense.
“Coming into this match we were really focused on getting kills,” Drake said. “We wanted to see how many different things we could do that we don’t normally do and really just executing. I think that was really our game plan tonight.”
The Hawks as a whole were rightfully proud of the game they played on Tuesday and Coach Hunt was also impressed with the look of it all.
“They made it look really effortless and that’s how good volleyball should look,” said Hunt. “Sometimes I think the girls think they need to be diving and giving a cool look, but when you make it look effortless is when you’re playing super well.”
The last player Hunt emphasized was Natalie Weaver who was seen taking on a different role than she and the rest of spectators are used to.
“Natalie Weaver was just switched to a new position within the last three games. She is hitting right side right now and she’s crushing it,” said Hunt. “She is doing a really awesome job for only doing that position for about two weeks.”
Next the Hawks will take on Pleasantville at home on Thursday, Sept. 13 beginning at 7 p.m.