By Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team won its second straight match over a Remsen school with a 3-0 shutout of Remsen Union in a War Eagle Conference battle Sept. 10.
The Lady Westerners won 25-7, 25-15 and 25-22 for a 2-1 record. A-W had downed Remsen-St. Mary’s as well.
After dominating the first two sets, the Lady Westerners found themselves trailing RU’s Rockets 19-10 in the third set. But they rallied to win and escaped the hot gym without having to play a fourth set.
“We’re very happy with our comeback. It was an all-around team effort. We had seven players tonight and I’m including our bench players. It was hot and they were tired but determined,” said A-W co-coach Inglish Hartwig.
A-W jumped to a 6-1 lead in the first set as Dana Hedlund started things well. It was a 13-5 lead midway through, and A-W continued to be in charge and cruised to the first set win.
It was more of a struggle in the second set as the Rockets battled to a 15-13 deficit. But A-W had a 10-3 run and held on for the 25-16 win.
Senior Sarah Schroeder started the third set rally and Bethany Eastman then had three straight aces for an 19-18 deficit. A kill by Kayla Tindall brought the Lady Westerners even at 20-20 and her ace gave the visitors a lead at 21-20. After a Rockets’ point, A-W took a 23-21 lead before senior Jordan Hansen finished off RU with two serving points.
Schroeder led the Lady Westerners with six kills and was 4-of-5 serving with four aces. She also had three digs and three total blocks.
Eastman had five kills and was a perfect 9-of-9 serving with six aces to lead the team in serves. She also had five digs and two blocks.
Junior Cali Westergard was a force in the front row with five kills and three total blocks.
Dana Hedlund had 20 assists as the lead setter and was 13-of-14 serving with two aces.
Hansen contributed 15 digs and was 4-of-6 serving with one ace.
Junior Kortney Hedlund had three kills, one assist, 15 digs, three blocks, was a perfect 12-of-12 serving.
Junior Kali Kriener had four digs.
Junior Desi Oltmanns had two digs.
Tindall had one kill, one assist, one dig, and was 11-of-11 serving with one ace.
A-W had 22 kills, just seven kill errors, 0.341 kill efficiency, 22 assists, 49 digs, 11 total blocks, 53-of-57 serves for 0.930 percent and a whopping 14 aces.
A-W is at the West Sioux tournament in Hawarden Sept. 21. First round play starts at 8:30 a.m.
A-W will host Gehlen Catholic Sept. 24 in WEC play. The “C” match begins at 5:30 p.m. A-W will host Westwood of Sloan Sept. 26 in non conference play.
AW 25, 25, 25
RU 7, 15, 22