Hawks Split with Liberty Hill and Clemens as Season Starts
Canyon Lake Volleyball starts season with a win over Liberty Hill after losing their first match to Clemens.
The Hawks rebounded quickly in their games with Liberty Hill as they jumped out to a 14-9 lead and increased it to a 7 point win.
In the second game, CL took advantage of Panther’s unforced errors for an easy 12 point victory and momentum going into their best of 5 third game.
The 3rd game had LH with a 14-12 lead, but the Hawks outscored the Panthers 13-6 to close out that final game.
Canyon Lake had close games with Clemens, but just could not mount any rallies to help put one of their first two games away.
“It was good we played them close,” Head Coach Kim Paisley started. “We had to work for every point and they (Clemens) came out to play with enthusiasm and they were just outdoing us at the net.”
The first two games could have gone either way as the Hawks fought back in that first game to take their first lead, 22-21 as CL was behind as much as 5 points during this contest.
CL started with the lead, 10-6, in the second game but it was short lived as Clemens answered that Hawk rally and lead throughout that second game after they wrestled away the Hawks lead.
Clemens and Canyon Lake was a nip and tuck match, as the lead never got more than 2 points as each team battled to the finish line.
The Hawks are loaded, with their largest class of Seniors in a while, as this group of players has been instrumental in bringing Canyon Lake back to the playoffs with their 2nd place district finish last season.
The ReSporter had a chance to catch this group of seniors after their win over Liberty Hill.
The ReSporter: You have had a lot of success throughout the years, how do you plan of making this year work?
Bailey Drum: “We are very close and Emma (Gray) will fit in great!”
The ReSporter: Drum was talking about newcomer Senior Emma Gray playing as the middle blocker.
Hannah Wunderlich: “We have all grown physically and mentally with our skills and now we are ready to go more rounds in the playoffs as well having a better record than last year.”
The ReSporter: What is it like to be here for your first year as a Senior?
Emma Gray: “It is hard to get the chemistry but this has not been that bad….I love the middle blocker and that is my favorite position.”
The ReSporter: It is a good fit when one of the main positions lost from last year’s group of seniors was losing Lillie Sander the middle blocker and now you get to fill that role right off the bat.
Alexis Robinson: “That was what we needed, Emma (Gray) will fill in nicely for us.”
The Resporter: What has Coach Paisley done to help you have the right mental strategy for your games?
Addison Farley: “She does not like to lose and that helps us to want to win and do better than last year’s team.”
Bailey Drum: “It started last year and it is how she teaches us to take each game.”
The ReSporter: Good luck girls and The ReSporter looks forward to following you this season! Go Hawks!!
Seniors: Emma Gray Middle Blocker Addison Farley Outside Hitter Jessica Moore Defensive Specialist Bailey Drum Outside Hitter Hannah Wunderlich Right Side Hitter Alexis Robinson Middle Blocker Ashlyn Hubertus Right Side Hitter
Stats for Clemens/Liberty Hill Games: Clemens Games: 24-26, 24-26, 21-25 Liberty Hill Games: 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 Kills: Addison Farley 20 Bailey Drum 19 Assists: Regan Mickey 37 Digs: Sam York 24 Amber Voigt 10 Blocks: Alexis Robinson 7 Emma Gray 3 Aces: Drum 4 Farley 2 Mickey 1 Wunderlich 1