By Steve Peterson
Five Akron-Westfield volleyball players bid adieu to the home court for their final regular season match against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and did so in dominating fashion Oct. 17 with a 3-0 win.
A-W won 25-11, 25-18 and 25-16 over the Eagles.
Seniors honored were Bethany Eastman, daughter of Scott Eastman and Dan and Carrie Pfeil; Jordan Hansen, daughter of Derrick and Jodi Pfeil; Sarah Schroeder, daughter of Tom and Jill Schroeder; Kayla Tindall, daughter of Dan and LeAnn Tindall; and Dana Hedlund, daughter of Troy and Deb Hedlund.
“It was a big Senior Night and our goal was to have fun. We did not want to play down to the level of our opponent, and we played at our own pace,” said A-W Co-coach Inglish Hartwig adding Kortney Hedlund played awesome. She had nine kills and Schroeder had eight kills
“It’s awesome; we’re all close friends,” said Schroeder.
“We’re one of the best defensive teams in the conference. It’s due to hustle and determination, and Hansen does a great job at libero,” said Hartwig.
The Lady Westerners had a perfect serving matc, 65-of-65.
A-W ended the regular season with a 10-9 record and 5-4 in WEC play.
The Lady Westerners were hoping for two post-season home matches, the first in the regional against Remsen Union was Oct. 22. The second round, should A-W won, would be here at 7 p.m., Oct. 29 against the winner of MMC vs. Remsen-St. Mary’s.
“We’re excited for the regional. We think we can make a really deep run. If we win Tuesday, we’d like to have another chance at Trinity Christian,” said Hartwig.
On Thursday A-W set the tone in the First Set with a 12-4 lead on a kill by Cali Westergard and never looked back. A serving run by Hansen brought the lead to 20-7 and A-W won 25-11.
A-W took a 7-5 lead early in the Second Set and pulled away to a 13-8 lead. The Eagles closed the gap and rallied for a 15-14 lead but A-W recovered with a strong 10-4 run led by kills from Kortney Hedlund who finished with nine slams.
A-W led 18-11 in the Third Set and always had a two to seven point cushion.
A-W also celebrated the next day with a “crazy outfit” look at practice.
In addition to the seniors Co-coach Tammie Britt was also honored for her years of service.
A-W vs. MMC statistics
Kortney Hedlund led with nine kills, had six digs and 13-of-13 serving.
Schroeder had eight kills, three digs, one total block and 6-of-6 serving.
Eastman had five kills, three assists, three digs and 1-of-1 serving.
Hansen had two kills, one assist, led with eight digs and 12-of-12 serving.
Ann Hedlund had two digs, 14-of-14 serving and two aces.
Dana Hedlund had two kills, led with 26 assists, eight digs, one total block and 13-of-13 serving.
Desi Oltmanns had one dig.
Bailey Davis had seven digs.
Tindall had five kills, three digs and 6-of-6 serving.
Cali Westergard had two kills and two total blocks.
Overall, A-W had 33 kills, 30 assists, 41 digs, four total blocks and 65-of-65 serving with two aces.