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Game Article, Volleyball | September 18, 2013

Hawks Take Out Devine in Volleyball, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23

Canyon Lake continues to make strides at District 27-3A play starts to close in.

On Tuesday night, CL Hawks beat Devine 25-20, 25-20, 25-23.

“I like that we closed them out in three games,” Head Coach Kim Paisley started. “We were prepared and we had excellent footwork in our transition game.”

All three games were tight as Canyon Lake could only get their lead to six points in the second game when they led, 22-16.

The Hawks went through this whole match without having one timeout called.

“We had close scores and I wanted them (CL) to work through it, especially in that third game when Devine went ahead by one.”

This Devine team had just recently beat Comfort and Blanco by 2-0 scores during a tournament in the San Antonio area.

Case in point are those same two schools had beaten your Hawks earlier this season.

Comfort score: 2-0 in the Wimberley Tournament, 25-15 and 25-13.

Blanco score: 3-0 at the Hawk Gym, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22.

Now this Hawk team whitewashed Devine as there were several players that could score points on this night.

Senior Amber Ramsey continues to become a force at the net as she finished with 16 kills and 3 blocks.

Senior Amber Ramsey had 16 kills in sweep of Devine

Senior Amber Ramsey had 16 kills in sweep of Devine

“It is better if we have more players that can score and we don’t have to depend on one hitter,” Ramsey said.

In that last contest, Devine had taken the lead, 23-22 and that was the time when you could see the Hawks finish.

“That is because we work in practices with a drill we call scenarios,” Ramsey drilled. “We set the score at 24-22 and then we know not to fall apart when we get into a game….mistakes are going to happen and we can limit those mistakes.”

Canyon Lake had 10 service errors in these three games but they were still able to get a sweep.

“Coach had us work on that (serving) and we run if we miss our serves,” Ramsey finished. “We are more motivated because we don’t want to run.”

Now Canyon Lake is working on a four game winning streak as they prepare to meet Lampasas this Friday night with a 6pm start before Canyon Lake’s football game with Burnet.

A young team that seems to be getting their game going and now a chance to see them in action.

Come out and see how the Hawks perform.

Four Game Winning Streak:
1. Hyde Park   25-14, 20-25, 25-12 3rd Place Bronze Medal San Marcos Tourney
2. Cedar Park  25-22, 25-15, 19-25, 25-14
3. Llano       25-17, 25-18, 25-19.
4. Devine      25-20, 25-20, 25-23.
Devine Game Stats: Record 16-13
 Kills:   Amber Ramsey 16, Bailey Drum 12
 Digs:    Trena Lorett 15
 Assists: Regan Mickey 26
 Blocks:  Amber Ramsey 3

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Canyon Lake’s Junior Varsity also came up with a win over Devine, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19.

The Hawks controlled the first game but by coming up short in their next game had CL needing to come back together and get a hold of the third and deciding game.

Kalli Cardenas and Sam York taking it easy after a tough 3 game victory over Devine JV.

Kalli Cardenas and Sam York taking it easy after a tough 3 game victory over Devine JV.

“They were playing scared and they were over thinking their passes and sets,” Head Junior Varsity Coach Leigh Ann Weaver said. “We needed to concentrate on join out and having fun and then when they make mistakes is when they start over thinking.”

That would account for the difference in those first two scores from game one to game two.

There are two freshman playing in this game that helped step up the intensity and eventual victory, Libero Sam York and Kalli Cardenas.

“We needed mental toughness,” Cardenas started. “I know you have to start with the pass and that can help us finish stronger.”

On what was happening after an easy go of it in that first game and if their was some added pressure going into the rubber game.

“I just kept my mind focused because I had a job to do, Cardenas surmised. “Communicating was what we did right in that first game and we just went back to that to win.”

Libero, York was also all over the place in this contest in helping to pull this game out.

“Passing and mental toughness is where I can help influence my teammates and that helps me do better,” York passed.

York was also asked what she was thinking going into that third game.

“Knowing what we did wrong in that second game and to not do it again…we also did a better job of covering our hitters.”

Canyon Lake has a couple of strong classes that are starting to make their mark in Volleyball and coming out to watch these young ladies could be a treat as you get ready for the football game this Friday.

Canyon Lake will be going against Lampasas this Friday at the Hawk Gym.