Hawks’ rally falls short
WILLIAMSBURG — Mid-Prairie fell behind 2-0 in regional first-round action against Williamsburg, Friday, but had a response.
With its season on the line, the Golden Hawks edged the Raiders by two 2-point wins, including a 34-32 win.
However, in the deciding game, the Raiders walked away with a 15-7 win.
“I am so proud of the effort and heart the players put into this match,” said Mid-Prairie head coach Cindy Miller. “The goal this season was to set a new standard for the level of play for Mid-Prairie volleyball.”
This was helped by the senior leadership from four players: Courtney Cayton, Courtney Shalla, Shaylee Brown, and Laura Yoder.
Cayton was fourth on the team with seven kills against the Raiders. Shalla led the team with 24 assists in the match.
The front line had solid contributions from several players.
“(Junior) Ashley Miller, (junior) Taylor Kurtz and (sophomore) Emily Cayton played smart and aggressive at the net,” C. Miller said.
A. Miller had a team-high 14 digs and 11 kills. Kurtz had the third most kills with eight and led her team with three blocks.
Several underclassmen saw action in quality playoff sets.
“(Sophomore) Jazmyne Jones added some big defections at the net that added to our third-game win,” Miller said. “It was good to get freshman Amanda Miller some high- pressure experience, which I feel she handled very well.”
The Hawks hit 92 successful serves out of 98.
“The back court play of libero (junior) Ashley Sojka was solid,” Miller said.
Sojka was third on the team with 13 digs.