Blackhawks Beat Blazers

Lady Blackhawks put the National Trail Lady Blazers away in straight sets

NEW PARIS – Volleyball can be a game of streaks where a team will go on a run and score several points in row and pull away from their opponent.  That was the story for the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks who put away the National Trail Blazers in straight sets 25-16, 25-14, 25-16. They had several key runs at the right time that pushed them over top.  It was a solid league win for the visitors.

Coach, “We just did a great job of keeping our momentum up tonight. Once we got the momentum going, we didn’t let up. We talked non-stop on the court, so we communicated. We do that well most of the time, but it was even better tonight. The servers tonight were great – we maybe had one bad serve this entire night. It was a great serving game by all of the girls.”

The first set saw the Blackhawks gradually grow a lead until about midway through the set.  Then Ali Bryam and Brenna Price had a couple of kills and Price had an ace to cap a nice run that put the Blackhawks solidly in front 17-9.  After a Trail time out the Blazers had a nice little rally of their own, but the Blackhawks finished this set strong.

In the second set you could see that the Blackhawks wanted to make a quick night of it and go home early. They raced out to a 6-1 lead thanks in part to Jocelyn Hoggatt and Krista Miller who both had kills and Bryam who had a block.  But the biggest run of the night was when they went on an 11-0 burst with the score 11-8.  Trail took a time out to slow down the Blackhawks, but they had a commanding 22-8 lead before the Blazers would score their next point.  Price was prominent during this run with a couple of kills and Lilly Severence had a service ace.  The team relaxed a bit and let Trail catch up some, but Hoggatt scored the winning point on a strong spike across the net for their biggest win of the night.

In the last set, you could sense that the team relaxed a little.  Trail actually lead 7-3 early in the set, the Blackhawk play was a bit sloppy.  But with Severance serving the Blackhawks put some distance between them and the Blazers.  During this spurt, Price had a block and a kill and Stachler notched a kill as well. Trail stayed on their heels, but the Blackhawks saved the best for last. With Hoggatt serving they went on a 6-0 run to close out the game on their terms. Again Trail took a time out during this stretch to try and stave off the inevitable. But the Blackhawks would not be denied. Hoggatt had 2 service aces and Madi Townsend had 2 kills to make quick work of the Blazers.

“This Jocelyn Hoggatt’s first year on varsity, she has stepped up big time for us. She was strong in her serving tonight and getting the hits that she gets really helps us.  She is one of the quieter girls on the team but when she does open her mouth, they all listen to what she has to say. Madi Townsend is our motivator and cheerleader on this team. She helps keep the momentum going on the team. She’s come along way – she’s a senior and has stepped up to be a great senior leader.”

This Saturday (September 10), the Blackhawks will host their first invitational where they will host Union City, Randolph Southern, and Ansonia.

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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