Just an Usual Game for Freshman Volleyball in Win over Billies, 2-1
Just another game for this year’s Freshman Volleyball team as the Hawks went a max 3 game set in winning over Fredericksburg’s freshman and staying in first place in District 28-4A play.
Canyon Lake was on the short end in that first set as they had the lead through most of the game until a Billie rally that outscored the Hawks, 11-3 to close the set out and put CL right where they wanted to be. Behind in the contest to allow another comeback victory.
“We wanted it more,” Head Coach Tasha Ridgeway said calmly. “Lainee served like she wanted to win and she served to get aces….I haven’t seen her serve like that this year.”
Fredericksburg jumped out to a, 5-1 lead to start the second set and Canyon Lake had yet to find their consistency to the taller Billie team.
With the rotation finally able to forge more than a 2 point rally, the game and Hawks started cooking as the next 3 servers had a 2, 3, and then a 4 point rally and now the lead was up 6 points, 13-7 lead.
After having neither team able to close or increase their lead or deficit, Canyon Lake used a 5 point rally that put a dagger to the Goats in winning the game, 25-17.
Canyon Lake was able to reduce their unforced errors as each set continued and also by having 4 service errors for the game helped in taking the 3rd and final set with that sterling comeback.
Fredericksburg increased their lead in the final set on a service that started with both teams tied at 19 points. The bleeding was stopped on a kill by Cassidy Felps but not after the Billies would seize the game by 4 points, leading 24-20.
Lainee Moses took the ball and dished out some hard serves with two kills by Caroline Kullberg and an ace by Moses, the Hawks scored the last 6 points in the match for a win in dramatic fashion, 26-24.
“In practice I never serve like that,” Moses said on her way to the Promise Land. “The adrenaline was going fast and I was hitting the ball as hard as I could.”
Moses had some more thoughts on how she handled a game that hung on every serve, “Toss, Step, and Hit, was all I was thinking as I just went back to the basic level when I first started learning the game…..We do this all the time and this is just usual.”
On the last rally, Kullberg relayed, “I was super nervous and was trying hard wanting to win….when we worked our hardest we worked together.”
Alisia Niestremski had 12 kills while Kullberg shored up the middle of the Hawks offense with 8 kills which helped in securing the win on her last two swings.
Niestremski has a way of celebrating a kill which seems to get the whole Hawk team pumping. “I get pumped up with the point and I was trying not to be nervous but I was,” Niestremski said. “We just focused not to make mistakes and in our huddle we decided in not playing it safe and to be aggressive.”
Canyon Lake had a similar game last Tuesday in their victory over Boerne that went 3 games with a dramatic comeback similar to the win over the Billies.
“I reminded them of the Boerne game when we were down to them,” Coach Ridgeway said with the wisdom of Solomon.
Now this Freshman team will go up against Bandera this Friday with a goal of being undefeated in the first round of district play. This Hawk team beat the Bulldogs in tournament play earlier this year, 25-18 and 25-15 and will look to continue where they left off last month.
This is the same type of team last seen when last year’s Senior group started their high school career winning district and carrying that wave through their senior campaign with a Hawk District Championship.
Good things in store for the girls at Canyon Lake as Mountain Valley continues to feed talented ladies into CL’s high school.
Congrats and Go Hawks!!