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Coach Nicole Creek addresses her team. (Photo by Tucker Stephenson)

Hawks JV plays first home matches

By Tucker Stephenson

Staff Writer

The Canyon Lake High JV volleyball team dropped two matches last Friday, as they hosted Marble Falls and Hays in their first ever home games.

The Hawks fell to Marble Falls 2-0 (25-23, 25-21) in a closely contested match that saw Canyon Lake and the Lady Mustangs exchange points and swap leads several times. Despite the loss, Alyssa Drum and Ashley Biering played well for the Hawks, keeping their team within striking distance with timely kills.

Alyssa Drum goes up for a block against Marble Falls (Photo by Tucker Stephenson)

Coach Nicole Creek knows that this season will be a learning process, especially since Canyon Lake is playing without the benefit of the extra practice that most teams had to polish their skills.

“I’ve got to realize it’s early in the season,” Creek said. “A lot of these teams got a lot of scrimmages in and we didn’t, so we’ve got to work through that.”

In the late game, the Hawks took on Hays, the school where Creek had previously coached for five years. Because Hays swept Marble Falls 2-0 in the middle contest of the evening, it looked like the Hawks might be overmatched, but the first game showed that Canyon Lake’s budding program is improving, even if the girls might not yet be totally comfortable on the court yet.

Canyon Lake was down a few points in the early stages of game one against the Lady Rebels, but quickly stormed back to take a 13-10 advantage. That lead then grew to 17-12, and finally 20-14, as it appeared that the Hawks were on their way to winning their first game of the season. However, Hays was able to make a run to tie the game at 22, then score the next three points to win it by the score of 25-22.

The loss of the opportunity to take the first game against Hays clearly affected the Hawks’ play in game two, as they fell behind 18-4 under a barrage of aces and kills by the visiting Lady Rebels. To their credit, the young Canyon Lake squad never gave up, cutting the 14 point deficit in half at 23-16 before falling 25-16, giving Hays the match 2-0.

After the game, Coach Creek reflected on her team’s performance in the first few matches of the Hawks’ inaugural year.

“My impression is that I’ve got a lot of talent, and we’ve just got to make it all come together,” Creek said. “I mean, we’re right there with everybody, it’s just frustrating when every single game we’ve played except for this one [Hays] has been two points off, three points off. So again, we’ve just got to bring all our talent together, know where we’re supposed to be on the court, and then we’ll get there.”

Along with Canyon Lake’s inexperience comes lapses now and then regarding the basics of volleyball, with one of the most important being on-court communication.

“I told them when we were warming up, we were the only team warming up, and they weren’t calling line, even during the warm-up,” Creek said. “I mean, that’s the basics of it, that’s something you really can’t teach [because] everybody knows how to talk. So communication is a big thing, and we’ll get it next week. I’ll work on that a lot.”

The Hawks continued their crash course in volleyball yesterday, taking on Johnson City’s varsity team (the match took place after the paper had gone to press). The freshman team plays tonight in a tri-match at Westlake High School in Austin, taking on the Lady Chaps at 6:15 p.m. and then playing Canyon High School at 7:30 p.m.

The JV’s next match will be Friday in Hutto at 6 p.m.,immediately following the freshman team’s matchagainst the Hippos at 5 p.m. Smithson

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