Hawks continue impressive start to its season

Cesar J ToledoSports WriterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Hawks continue impressive start to its season

In hot and stuffy gym miles away from home, the lady Hawks were cooling off the competition as they looked impressive throughout the contest.

On Thursday, September 3, the Woodward-Granger volleyball team had a successful showing at the ADM invitational. The Hawks opened the invitational with a 2-0 series sweep versus the cross-town Perry Bluejays.

It wasn’t easy as the matches were close, with both teams exchanging leads throughout the contest. In the two games, the Jayettes jumped to an early lead. Woodward fought back to tie the game and then take both matches 21-17 and 21-18.

Soon after, the team faced the Norwalk Warriors, which was the Hawks only series hiccup - losing in three games. The teams split the first two games with the Hawks - winning the second game 21-12 -forcing a game three. The team came up three points short of winning in a competitive best of three games.

The team quickly regrouped winning all three of its final games, losing only one of seven matches. The Hawks looked poised as the team finished the invitational with a 4-1 record.

Five days later Woodward-Granger was back on the court as they hosted visiting team Des Moines Christian. The atmosphere was electric as this was one of the more anticipated games of the season. According to coach Megan Jackson, for the last four years it’s always the Lions and Hawks vying for the top spot in the conference.

The Hawks continued their stellar performance as the team swept the Lions in a best of five series. The scores were 25-12; 25-20; and 25-19. To say they played well was an understatement as the Hawks have looked dominant throughout the season. Coach Jackson knows just how talented her players are.

“I would say we just have a lot of weapons in the front row,” she said. “Defensively we’ve been very good. I think we just have solid good volleyball players in all of our positions.”

The win propels the Hawks to four wins in the past five years against the Lions. Woodward is happy to come away with the win and get this game out of the way.

“They are always a good program so getting this win really helps us get the conference title that we want, coach Jackson said. “It’s not a sure thing obviously, but it helps us because they are one of our toughest competitors.”

Its strong performance at both the invitational and against the Lions puts the Hawks at 10-3 and in first place in the West Central Conference.

Next stop for the team is on September 12, as the Hawks will travel to North High School to partake in the North Scott invitational.