SOUTH WAYNE – The Black Hawk Warriors volleyball had to go the distance to secure victories over Monticello and Barneveld last week, winning a pair of tight fifth-set matches to earn 3-2 deicisions in Six Rivers East play.
The victories moved the Lady Warriors (9-5-1 overall, 3-2 SRE) into a three-way tie for second-place in the league standings with the Ponies (3-2) and Golden Eagles (3-2) behind front-running Argyle (5-0).
Monticello went into Tuesday’s match at Black Hawk unbeaten in league play, but were handed their first loss by the Warriors in a marathon five-set thriller.
Coach Rachel Wolff’s squad trailed the Ponies 22-19 in set one, but used a late 7-2 scoring run to pull out a 26-24 win. Monticello galloped back with a 25-17 win in set two to even the match a 1-1.
Senior Sammy Lovelace got the Warriors rolling in set three by serving up 15 straight points to send the hosts out to a 17-1 lead. Lovelace recorded six aces on her run, while senior middle blocker Elizabeth Holland added three kills during the streak.
The Warriors went on to post a 25-5 win on a game-ending kill by Sydney Delzer to grab a 2-1 advantage.
The Ponies fought back to even the match once again with a 25-21 win in set four. Trailing on the scoreboard 19-15, Monticello closed the game on a 10-2 run to stay alive.
Set five remained tight the whole way, but the Warriors never lost the lead after going up 4-1 on back-to-back tip kills by Lovelace and a pair Monticello miscues.
The Ponies hung with the hosts the entire set and pulled even on the scoreboard on four occasions, but could never grab the lead from the Warriors. A spike kill by senior Jordyn Delzer put Black Hawk up to stay at 15-14 and a hit out of bounds by the Ponies on the next play sealed the match.
Lovelace finished the night with a team-high 15 kills and nine aces, while J. Delzer chipped in with 11 kills and four aces. Hannah Herbst distributed 29 assists for the Warriors, and Hannah Butler had nine kills and a team-high three blocks in the victory.
The Lady Warriors kept it up at Barneveld on Thursday, Sept. 15, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Golden Eagles, 27-25, 17-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12, in another Six Rivers East thriller.
Monticello……….. 24 25 5 25 14
Black Hawk……… 26 17 25 21 16
Black Hawk Leaders– Kills: Sammy Lovelace 15, Jordyn Delzer 11, Hannah Butler 9. Blocks: Butler 3. Assists: Hannah Herbst 29. Aces: Lovelace 9, J. Delzer 4.
At South Wayne on Thursday, Sept. 13
Black Hawk………. 27 17 22 25 15
Barneveld………… 25 25 25 18 12
At Barneveld on Thursday, Sept. 15