After stumbling early in the season, Woodward-Granger is back to business. The Hawks’ 3-0 conference win Tuesday, Oct. 8 over Madrid to start homecoming brings the team to a 9-1 over the last 10 matches. W-G was also granted a first round bye in its Class 2A regional bracket and will visit conference foe Van Meter on Monday, Oct. 28.
Tuesday itself was a success making quick work of the Tigers in sets of 25-12, 25-9, and 25-13. But it still wasn’t entirely up to the standards from head coach Bailey Hunt. She said despite the margins, there were too many unforced errors, an issue the team’s been having in front of home crowds lately.
“It’s just been a mental thing. It hadn’t been a thing last year but this year has been,” Hunt said.
The Hawks gave up 12 points in the first set, seven coming from their own errors. Their five errors in the second round outproduced four points from Madrid. The final set had eight errors which helped the Tigers climb to 13 points and shrink the deficit early on at 6-3.
Hunt added the team’s goal remains to keep their errors to under seven, but it’s becoming more important to make sure they aren’t giving more points to their opponents than their opponents force themselves.
She was more enthusiastic about the team’s performance at the net as a whole but was still critical of the errors that stemmed from the front unit.
“I think they came and they played really well,” Hunt said. “They were talking in the first couple sets then kind of started lacking in the third set which was when we started having a few more errors. But I think they overall played really well.”
As a whole unit, Hunt said the team has started to find its rhythm that was lacking in the opening stretch of the season. That’s included a change in tempo and a more secure lineup, but as shown against Madrid, the Hawks aren’t afraid to shift their style to keep their opponents in flux. Facing Madrid, that included moving from a 5-1 to a 6-2 in the middle of the game.
The Hawks look to continue their hot hand Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Panorama which is on a six game skid.