The War Eagle Conference volleyball championship is going to Hinton for the first time since 2013 thanks to a straight-set sweep of Gehlen Catholic on Tuesday night.
The conference for years had been run by Unity Christian in volleyball, but with the Knights out of the conference that meant it was someone else’s turn this year. Hinton Co-Head Coach Robin Mohr says that was one of the goals of this team.
The Hinton offense proved its potency once again in the sweep of Gehlen Catholic. Ashlyn Kovarna dished out 29 assists going to six different hitters most of the night. Coach Mohr says the Blackhawks have no shortage of weapons to utilize.
Gehlen Catholic just did not have an answer for that offense most of the night. The Blackhawks went on long, uninterrupted runs on many occasions thanks in large part to that offense. Gehlen Catholic head coach Dan Goebel says his team did not appear ready to handle that attack.
The Blackhawks utilized some aggressive serving to get out in front and stay in front. The Blackhawks combined to serve up 13 aces that got its start with a 7-0 serving run to open the night from Belle DeRocher.
With the loss, Gehlen Catholic drops to 8-1 in the War Eagle Conference and 11-13 overall. Coach Goebel wants this matchup to be used as a learning lesson to make the Jays better for the tournament run.
The second-ranked Blackhawks are not content going into tournament play next week. Hinton has room to improve, and Coach Mohr says they are going to work on improving the little things ahead of their tournament opener on Wednesday.
Gehlen Catholic wraps up the regular season at Harris-Lake Park tomorrow night. Hinton will face off with either Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn or West Sioux in their postseason opener next Wednesday.