The Colman-Egan volleyball team dropped two matches over the past week, both in three sets, to two of the regions best teams.
On Tuesday, the Hawks traveled to Chester to take on the undefeated Flyers. The Hawks stuck with Chester for most of the first match until the Flyers started to pull away towards the end, earning Chester a 25-17 set victory.
The second set was all Chester as they jumped out to an early lead and just kept piling it on as the set progressed. The Flyers took the second set by a score of 25-7.
Colman-Egan played better in the third set, but were no match for Chester’s high powered offense, falling 25-15, for a set and match defeat.
Baylee Groos led the Hawks with eight kills on the night, while Tori Nelsen managed to pick up six for Colman-Egan. Nelsen also added a team leading 12 digs, a mark she shared with fellow senior, Hailey Harms.
The win moved Chester to 17-0 on the season (now 18-0 after defeating Beresford on Thursday). The Flyer volleyball team has yet to lose a single set all season. The loss moved the Hawks record to 5-10.
The Hawks then played host to Class A Deubrook on Thursday in front of a loud homecoming crowd.
The Dolphins started out the first set with a quick 13-6 lead but Colman-Egan scored the next three points to bring the match back within four points. But Deubrook got back at it on offense, winning eight of the next ten volleys to take a sizable 21-11 lead over the Hawks. They went on to win the set, 25-13.
The Hawks played their best volleyball of the night in the match’s second set. After falling behind early, 5-3, The Hawks and Dolphins exchanged points until Colman-Egan finally took their first lead of the night, 16-15.
The lead did not last long as the two teams exchanged points for a while before Deubrook finally broke out and took a 21-20 advantage. The Dolphins finished the set with a 25-21 victory.
Looking to build off the momentum from the second set, the Hawks battled the Dolphins early in the third, trailing by just one at 10-9. But Deubrook took off and scored nine of the next eleven points to take a commanding 19-11 lead. They went on to win the set, 25-16 and take the match in three sets.
The win moved Deubrook to 12-4 on the season, while the loss dropped Colman-Egan to 5-11.
Nelsen tallied five kills for the Hawks to lead the team, while Baylee Groos and Burgin Groos each picked up four. Nelsen also led the team in digs with 17, while Burgin Groos picked up 13, and Zoey Neises added 12.
The Hawks played host to cross-county rival Flandreau last night, but wont take the court again until next Monday when they travel to play Bridgewater-Emery.