It’s turning into a busy season for the Lady Seahawks, with four games this week and last, as coaches Tara Klink and Hilary Stanton continue to develop young talent for the years ahead.
That talent starts in the middle school, where there so many girls that the coaches have an A and B team. At the middle school level, you play to 25, best two out of three.
On Sept. 9, a home doubleheader versus Blountstown had A playing the first two games and B one game. “Unfortunately Blountstown is a tough team and the girls lost all their sets,” said Stanton.
On Sept. 12 at Wewa away, the coaches played one combination team. “This was a close game! The girls played hard but we didn't pull out a win,” said Stanton.
On Sept. 19 at Tolar, both the A and B squads played games, but the young Lady Hawks were unable to pull out a win.
On Sept. 20 at home, the A and B teams played separate games, and each fought hard in the losing causes.
On Sept. 26 at Altha, only the A team played, losing the first two sets to fall in the match. “The girls did well at executing some bump set spikes. Kyla Ross got three kills and Alaina Wilson earned three aces,” said Stanton.
On Sept. 29, both the A and B teams faced Tolar for the second time this season. And neither could secure a victory. “Middle School A played well in the first match and put some of their newly acquired positioning skills to work,” said Stanton. “Serves are a crucial part of the game and Middle School A did well, making most of the serves over that night.”
On Oct. 3 the middle school team defeated Wewahitchka in the first two sets, winning 25-14 and 25-22. “Brooklyn O'Neal served eight aces in one serve rotation!” said Stanton.
Also part of the A team are Meredith Alford, Myia Maxwell, Jennifer Owens, Sage Brannan, Leslie Escobar and Destanie Proctor. The B team includes Samantha Anderson, Alexis Britcher, Jaelyn Tipton, Kylee Smith, Trinity Taylor, Kassidy Raffield, Holly Thompson, Jostyn Tipton and Kayleigh Messer.
On Sept. 27, vs. Liberty, the junior varsity won its first set 25-23 but lost the next two 16-25 and 12-15.
The varsity squad fell in a doubleheader, falling 6-25, 11-25 and 23-25, and then in the nightcap 7-25, 18-25 and 22-25.
On Sept. 29, the varsity played Bozeman, the only team it played once this season. “This game was intense, going all five matches!” said Stanton.
The girls dropped the first and second, 22-25 and 23-25, then won 25-22 and 26-24, before losing the final 10-15. “Our girls played a strong offense and it was tough to take a loss after fighting through so many matches,” said Stanton.
On Oct. 3, against Wewa, the JV played three sets, losing the first 15-25 and coming back with two wins in a row, 25-11 and 15-9. “Robyn Suiter played a great errorless game, earning three aces and one kill for her team,” said Stanton.
The varsity match was intense, going all five matches.
Set1: 15-25 Set2: 27-25 Set3:25-19 Set4: 23-25 Set5: 15-13
Starting out with lots of errors the team struggled through the first set and lost 15-25. They battled back through winning the next two sets, 27-25 and 25-19.
“Losing the fourth set 23-25 was hard but they fought through and won the fifth, 15-13,” said Stanton.