Hawks bury Jaguars, Eagles at net on opening night of season

BURNSIDE – Disciplined and focused throughout, the South Hamilton volleyball team earned a hard-fought victory and then a stroll down easy street in its first outing of the season here Tuesday night.

A balanced attack at net allowed the Hawks to turn back host Southeast Valley – the new combined school of Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster-Grand – 25-20 and 25-18. South Hamilton’s players than got comfortable and watched sophomore Ady Wintermote put on a serving show in a 25-7, 25-7 thumping of Eagle Grove.

“I was really happy with things,” South Hamilton head coach Cindy Holmes said. “We stayed disciplined the whole night whether the points came easy or hard and mentally we were in every play, which is a focus this year. We’re playing every ball to win it and never taking a ball off.”

Wintermote lashed seven kills against the host Jaguars, while Alyssa Hegland and Tiffany Jacobson smacked six and five, respectively. Avery Klemp worked Southeast Valley over defensively with five blocks.

Setters Kenzie Busch and Carly Swenson distributed eight assists each. Hegland collected a team-high five digs.

Wintermote’s jump float serve did a number on Eagle Grove. She served 13 consecutive points during one stretch and finished 16-for-16 with eight aces behind the line.

“She was on a roll and it was just diving really nice,” Holmes said. “She was serving it nice and aggressive and they were struggling.”

South Hamilton compiled just nine kills in the nightcap; Hegland led the way with three, while Jacobson and Rachael Drake had two each. Wintermote also came up with three digs.

The Hawks will make a considerable jump up in competition on Saturday when they take part in the Ames Invitational, beginning at 9 a.m. South Hamilton will be in a pool that includes Class 4A heavyweights Ames and Waukee.

“We’ll definitely leave there better,” Holmes said. “I think we’re strong enough offensively and at the net that maybe we can build some confidence and steal some games. That’s what I’d really like to see happen.”