LAKE CITY — Fifth-ranked South Central Calhoun ended the season for the Woodward-Granger volleyballers with a 3-0 sweep in a Class 2A Region 5 Semifinal last Friday. The Titans (38-4) collected the victory with wins of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-18.
"I felt good with how we played," W-G head coach Meg Jackson said afterward. "We stayed very aggressive and kept working hard all the way to the end. Our serving numbers were off a little, but that was because I told the girls to be a little more aggressive.
"They (SCC) are so physically big and so long and they cover so much of the court that it makes it hard to score against them," she added. "I thought we played with a lot of heart and just about as well as we could, but we just ran into a really tough team that could end up going a long way."
Abby Musser led W-G with nine kills, with Olivia McCune adding seven kills while Cailin Coker and both Abby and Mary Hansen had one kill apiece. Maggie Bermel provided eight assists and Mary Hansen seven, with Abby Hansen having one block at the net.
Mary Hansen served 9-of-11 with two aces while Bermel was 3-3-1. Tori Manning was 8-of-8 and McCune 7-of-7 behind the line, with Bree Lesch 6-of-9, Musser 5-of-6 and Dalaney Bice 4-of-6.
Musser added to her school record for career digs with seven. She ends her junior season with 1,112 digs.
Lesch and Manning had five digs apiece, with Mary Hansen adding thee digs for the Hawks, who finish 24-16 overall.
"I don’t know what more I could have asked from this group of girls," Jackson said. "We lost five very good starters from last year (the Hawks were 30-4 in 2012) with Abby Musser the only player back who started or even had much varsity time.
"We had to replace five spots and many of those were going to be with girls who were not only going to be varsity for the first time but who would probably be learning new positions," she added. "We came so far this year and while we will miss Cailin (Coker is the lone senior) we will start next season in much better shape than this year. I expect us to put to use all we learned this year and have an even better season next fall."