Night Hawks fall to Wildfire in quarterfinals of Region 7 Tournament

Hettinger/Scranton beat the Wildfire twice in the regular season. But a third win wasn’t in store for the Lady Hawks.

Brianna Robinson (#14) goes up for the spike against the Wildfire. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Brianna Robinson (#14) goes up for the spike against the Wildfire. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

Hettinger/Scranton beat the Wildfire twice in the regular season. But a third win wasn’t in store for the Lady Hawks.

The Lady Wilfire—fresh off a three game sweep of Bowman County in the opening round of the Region 7 tournament—painted the corners of the court all night and consistently had the second-seeded Night Hawks off balance and miss judging balls inside the line en route to a 3-0 upset victory.

The Wildfire (No. 7) set the tone early with a 25-8 victory in the opening set. Mott-Regent came out and played communicative volleyball, and the Night Hawks couldn’t seem to find a hole anywhere on Mott-Regent’s side of the court. It was a trend that lasted the entire game.

The Night Hawks finally took their first lead when they were ahead 6-5 in the second set.

It was short-lived, though, as Hettinger/Scranton gave way to Mott-Regent again, putting the score at 13-12. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead, and took the second game 25-22.

Early in game three, the Wildfire started to slip with some sloppy play. They were hitting out-of-bounds and put a few serves right into the net, and the Night Hawks took advantage and went at 8-7. But after an early timeout, Mott-Regent cleaned up their act.

Hettinger/Scranton, already facing a 4-point deficit but playing competitively, gave a point away midway through that final set, and got penalized for an illegal substitution, extending the Widlfire’s lead 16-11. What ever momentum the Lady Hawks had seemed to dissipate after the penalty.

The Night Hawks took one last time out with the score 22-18, but the break wasn’t enough to regroup, and gave up three more points, losing 25-18.

Hettinger/Scranton had to deal with the tall Maddison Johnson all evening. But they couldn’t find an answer, and she had two key blocks for the winning points in both games two and three.

The loss eliminated the Hawks from the tournament, ending their 2016 season.

Molly Holt led the Night Hawks in kills with six, followed by Alyssa Andress who had five. Senior Tayler Burwick had 10 assists, and senior Brianna Robinson lead the way with 8 digs.

Kills: Holt (6), Andress (5), Robinson (3), Burwick (1), Warbis (1). Assists: Burwick (10), Callie Anderson (6), Briana Sanford (2). Digs: Robinson (8), Anderson (4), Abbie Kludt (3), Burwick (3). Blocks: Holt (1).