By Steve Peterson
What a difference 48 hours can make.
Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team brushed off a 3-0 loss to Unity Christian in Orange City and started its home season with a 3-0 win over Remsen- St. Mary’s Sept. 5. A-W won 25-14, 25-15 and 25-10 against the Hawks for a 1-1 record.
“We got the first game jitters out of our system against Unity. We saw what we needed to work on, and we implemented some changes. It’s good the community had a chance to come out and see what we’re about,” said A-W co-coach Kami Kuhlmann.
The Hawks had downed Remsen Union in their War Eagle Conference season opener, 3-2 Sept. 3, but were not a factor Thursday.
A-W excelled in all areas including school spirit as fans cheered players by name and had a victory tunnel at the match’s conclusion.
It was the first win for the coaching staff of Kuhlmann, Inglish Hartwig and Tamie Britt.
In Set One, A-W led 9-4 after a Kayla Tindall kill and pulled away to a 15-8 lead as Bethany Eastman served for several points. Senior Sarah Schroeder had three kills to help wrap up the First Set, 25-14 for A-W.
After a 6-6 tie, A-W pulled ahead 9-7 and gradually gained a larger lead in the Second Set at 18-12. Eastman finished off the Hawks with three aced serves.
A-W led 11-4 in the Third Set, once again paced by Eastman’s serving and Tindall had a couple of kills.
Senior Sarah Schroeder had eight kills to lead the way in 15 attempts. She was also 6-of-7 serving with an ace.
Junior Kortney Hedlund was 18-of-19 serving with one ace. She also had eight digs and two kills.
Senior Bethany Eastman had five kills in nine attempts; four assists, two digs, one block and was 7-of-12 from the service line with four aces.
Senior Jordan Hansen led the team with 12 digs. She had one kill, one assist, and was 4-of-6 from the service line with one ace.
Setter senior Dana Hedlund had 17 assists to lead the team. She had one kill, four digs and was 10-of-11 in serves.
Kali Kriener had four digs.
Junior Desi Oltmanns had one assist and five digs.
Senior Kayla Tindall had four kills, two digs and was 9-of-12 and had three aces serving.
Cali Westergard had two kills.
A-W totaled 23 kills; 23 assists; 39 digs; three blocks; and was a solid 54-of-67 serving for 0.806 percent with 10 aces.
RSM 15, 14, 10
A-W 25, 25, 25
A-W is at the George-Little Rock tournament in George at 4 p.m., Sept. 17 and at West Sioux’s tournament Sept. 21. A-W’s next home match is against Gehlen Catholic in a WEC battle Sept. 24.