WOODWARD — Woodward-Granger made short work of Madrid in their Class 2A Region 5 first round contest Tuesday by sweeping to a 3-0 victory.
The Hawks (23-15) won on scores of 25-6, 25-19 and 25-20 despite missing starter Mary Hansen, who was out with an illness. The victory sends W-G to Jewell Tuesday, where they will battle host South Hamilton. The winner of that game is likely to draw fifth-ranked South Central Calhoun, at Lake City, Friday in the regional semifinals. The R5 finals are set for Nov. 6 in Webster City.
W-G head coach Meg Jackson said her team must play at a faster pace.
"I am happy that we won, but we have to play a quicker tempo than we did tonight," she explained. "With Mary missing we had to change some things around, but Olivia McCune was swinging well tonight and Tori Manning has been serving well of late so that helped."
The teams were tied at 4-4 in the opening game when Manning served 13 consecutive points to help the Hawks roll to the 25-6 victory. Madrid had game two knotted at 12-all, but seven straight points from W-G opened a comfortable margin en route to the 25-19 win.
The Tigers led by three or more points only once in the match, which came when the opened the third game with three consecutive points. The hosts eventually opened a 22-16 lead, but Madrid closed to 22-19 before W-G finally put the game — and the match — away.
McCune led the attack with 15 kills, with Abby Musser adding eight kills while Abby Hansen had two kills and Bree Lesch and Maggie Bermel one each. Bermel had 21 assists and Calin Coker three to set the offense.
Lesch and Musser had eight digs apiece, with Manning making five digs and Rachel Spinler four.
Manning was 19-of-19 serving, with Musser 14-of-16 with four aces and Bermel 12-of-13 with two aces. McCune was 8-8-2, Dalaney Bice 7-8-2, Lesch 4-of-6 and Coker 1-of-2.