Night Hawks can’t get by New England

After an important win over Hazen in three sets on Sept. 27, the Night Hawks traveled two days later to New England and were defeated in three sets

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

After an important win over Hazen in three sets on Sept. 27, the Night Hawks traveled two days later to New England and were defeated in three sets.  New England came into the match with a 4-1 region record with their only region loss being to Heart River early in the season.  The loss was the first region loss for the Night Hawks.

It wasn’t that the Night Hawks were off their game in the first two sets, but the lady Tigers were playing exceptionally well.  The Tigers won the first set 25-19 and the second set was a barn burner with New England coming out on top 27-25.  New England was doing a great job in making tough returns to Night Hawk shots all night and it looked like frustration was setting in on the Night Hawks as they lost the final set 25-11.  The number of digs by the Tigers top four players totaled 61.  New England’s 5-foot-11 “Twin Towers”, Paige Ehlis and Hailee Kuske, were hard to defend at the net.  Kuske had 11 kills, Elizabeth Kaufman had eight and Ehlis had seven.

Leading the Night Hawks in kills was Alyssa Andress with eight, Abbie Kludt had nine digs and Tayler Burwick had 15 assists.

New England is a young team as the varsity roster listed only one senior.

The Night Hawk “C” squad won their match in two sets, 25-16 and 26-24, and their junior varsity lost in two sets, 25-27 and 14-25.

It was announced prior to the first set starting that Ehlis set a milestone in their previous game by going over 2000 assists for her career.   She added 12 more against the Night Hawks.







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