SOUTH WAYNE – Black Hawk used a strong performance at the serving line to rally past the visiting Pecatonica Vikings for a 3-1 Six Rivers East volleyball victory at BHHS on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The Vikings came out fired up in game one and posted a hard-fought 25-22 win to put the Warriors (6-9 overall, 4-1 in SRE) in an early hole.
However, the hosts quickly got themselves out of that hole with a stellar performance at the service line and an equally strong effort at the net.
Sophomore Jen Wellnitz pelted a pair of aces during a seven-point service run early in game two to push the Warriors out to a 10-3 advantage and they cruised in for a 25-11 decision to even the match at a game apiece.
Then, in game three, senior setter Chaesta Shager added two aces during an eight-point run to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 9-3 lead, and senior Katie Powers followed with a six-point run later in the set to help the hosts pull away for a 25-13 win to go up 2-1.
In game four, Shager was at it again dishing out seven straight points to lift the Warriors to a quick 8-0 advantage. Abby Schiferl added two aces and Mikayla Sigafus recorded one ace down the stretch to help Black Hawk put away the match with a 25-7 win.
Shager served 24 times with just one miss and five aces to lead the Warriors on the night, and she also distributed a team-high 10 assist en route to the victory.
Wellnitz chipped in with 12 kills, four blocks and two aces; while Schiferl added four aces and four kills for the hosts. Senior Kate Quinn had eight kills and two blocks, and junior Kelly Neuenschwander contributed six assists and three digs.
Michelle Francois led the Vikings (0-5) with four digs and nine assists, while Madeline Fischer had four kills and Lizzy Britt had four blocks and four digs.
At Juda, on Thursday, Sept. 15, except for a slight hiccup in the third set, the Lady Warriors had their way with the host Panthers on their way to a 3-1 Six Rivers east decision.
Black Hawk jumped out early, pounding the hosts by scores of 25-11 and 25-8 in games one and two to build up a 2-0 advantage.
The Panthers (1-4) stayed alive with a 27-25 win over the Warriors in game three, but Coach Rachel Wolff’s crew bounced back with a 25-17 win in game four to lock up the match.
Jen Wellnitz hammered down a team-high 21 spike kills and three blocks to lead Black Hawk at the net on the night. Chaesta Shager handed out 17 assists and Abby Schiferl recorded five aces in the victory.
Black Hawk heads to Barneveld for a SRE match on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Pecatonica…. 25 11 13 7
Black Hawk… 22 25 25 25
Black Hawk… 25 25 25 25
Juda……...…. 11 8 27 17