HAMILTON — Jeralyn Hoppes knew she must be a key hitter for the Hamilton volleyball workforce this season.
However after COVID-19 slowed the volleyball season, accidents slowed Hoppes’ season much more, and it took some time to get going.
However the sophomore outdoors hitter is placing issues collectively on the proper time for Hamilton, and it led the Hawkeyes to a fourth consecutive district championship.
Hamilton defeated South Christian 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 on Thursday at house to advance to the Division 2 regional semifinals.
“It is vitally thrilling. I’m simply so proud of how we’re taking part in and progressing as a workforce, after every thing now we have gone via,” Hoppes stated. “The vitality tonight was simply excellent.”
Hoppes tallied 13 kills and 17 digs for the Hawkeyes.
“I really feel like I’m not in my head as a lot as I used to be early within the season, and I’ve much more confidence,” Hoppes stated. “Realizing I is usually a dependable participant and an energy-giver means lots.”
The Hawkeyes have had the arrogance in Hoppes, and particularly the 1-2 punch of her an all-state center hitter AJ Ediger.
“Early on within the season, we knew she may turn out to be that weapon that you could go to if you want some extent. She handled an harm midseason and simply seeing her confidence to consider totally different assault choices,” Hamilton coach James Mikolajczyk stated. “Early on, she had the massive arm. Now she has totally different pictures in her toolbox.”
The Hawkeyes (25-5) will play Edwardsburg on Tuesday at Battle Creek Harper Creek.
“Our plan was to serve aggressively and get them out of system, as a result of they’ve a robust center recreation. We knew if we may serve sturdy, we may maintain it away from the center, and total, we did a great job of that. Our serve obtain was big tonight, which allowed us to set issues up. We introduced stress and located the comfortable spots,” Mikolajczyk stated. “
Within the opening set, the rating was tied a number of instances earlier than Hoppes had three big kills in a six-point span to place the Hawkeyes up 18-17.
The momentum carried the remainder of the set as Hamilton completed on a 7-3 run to take the set 25-20 with Jen Johnson serving an ace on set level.
Hoppes began the second set with an ace to maintain the momentum for the Hawkeyes.
It was shortly back-and-forth earlier than a kill from Ediger and two from Hoppes gave the Hawkeyes a 17-15 lead.
Kyra Kleinheksel slammed two free balls for kills to make it 19-16. Hoppes slammed one other kill and it was 21-17.
The Sailors pulled inside 18-16 however Ediger had two kills in a row and the Hawkeyes closed out the set 25-21.
The Hawkeyes trailed 7-2 within the third set, made a little bit run however nonetheless trailed 16-10.
Two kills from Ediger pulled the Hawkeyes inside 16-14. Madie Jamrog had a kill and the Sailors made a few errors and Hamilton took an 18-17 lead.
Hoppes made it 19-18 with a cross-court kill, then 20-18 with a tip.
“That tip, she went up big and everybody thought she was going to pound it, and he or she dropped it in. It was so sensible,” Mikolajczyk stated.
However the Sailors rallied to steer 21-20. Hoppes tied it with a kill, sparking a 5-0 run to finish the set 25-21.
Ediger had 18 kills and 11 digs. Joelle Boeskool had 23 assists and 5 digs. Alyssa Morgan dished out 18 assists and Johnson had 17 digs.
Hope completed with 13 kills and 17 digs.
“This was her finest match of the yr,” Ediger stated. “We actually wanted it. She actually stepped as much as one other stage.”
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