Saturday saw the Hiawatha volleyball team travel to Atchison to compete in the Atchison Invitational Tournament. The Red Hawks continued their winning ways in the competition, sweeping their way through pool play and the championship rounds to take home the hardware.
The Hawks opened up with a 25-16, 25-7 win over the Horton Chargers, then knocked off Maur Hill with a 25-11, 25-4 match. Paola, who MaxPreps has ranked as the #11 team in 4A was the next opponent up for Hiawatha, and the Lady Red Hawks dispatched the Panthers by a score of 25-16, 25-19.
Their perfect record placed Hiawatha as the 1-seed heading into the bracket, where they survived an upstart Atchison squad, who rebounded from a 25-10 opening loss to win the second set by a score of 27-25, before the Hawks slammed the door shut and punched their ticket to the championship with a 25-9 set.
In the final game, the Hawks took on Paola, once again, who earned their way into the final with a strong win. Hiawatha put the Panthers down, again, securing the win by a score of 25-15, 25-13 to become the Atchison Invitational Tournament champions.
The Hiawatha Lady Red Hawks traveled to Riverside on Tuesday night to compete in a triangular with the hosting Cyclones and the Jeff West Tigers.
The Hawks opened the night with a 25-8, 25-17 victory over Riverside. Next up were the Jeff West Tigers, who the Lady Red Hawks got over by a score of 25-13, 25-15.
Coach Brenda Siebenmorgen had high praise for her team.
“I believe my girls are of the right mind-set and know exactly what they need to do to set us up for the most successful sub-state tournament appearance we can possibly have,” said the Lady Red Hawk coach, adding, “it is really exciting to see the drive and passion in their eyes every day as we head into the home stretch of the season.”
Siebenmorgen went on to say, “They know exactly what it is going to take to win our tougher than tough sub-state on Oct. 23, and we are working really hard every day to increase our chances of making it to the state tournament this year. We’ve got big goals and we are on a serious mission to accomplish these goals.”
Now sitting at 28-3, Hiawatha travels to Sabetha for a tournament on Saturday, then hosts a Big 7 triangular for senior night on Tuesday night, before sub-state next Saturday.