Written by Marlon Scott
In addition to extending their undefeated streak, the win over the Lady Wildcats was also a birthday present to Lady Hawk’s head coach, Jennifer Garinger.
“They were strong. They wanted to come out here and beat Clarksville High,” Garinger said. “It’s my birthday too, so they said they were going to give me a win.”
The Lady Hawks hitters wreaked havoc at the net against the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Hawks made 36 kills in the match. Janie White led the team with 12 kills. Regan Comperry added 11.
“They did really good. We had lots of kills,” Garinger said. “We had Janie running on the outside and the middle tonight. We had some players in different positions. We had a player sick and just wanted to try some new things.”
The Lady Hawks new things put the Lady Wildcats on the defensive early in the first game. After opening with a service ace, the Lady Hawks went on a 8-1 run that included 5 kills, 3 made by White. The Lady Wildcats were overwhelmed at the net. They generated only one kill. The rest of their points in game one came from Lady Hawks faults.
The Lady Wildcats came to life in game 2. After Sarah Lindsay made a kill, her teammate, Abby Anderson served two aces to give the Lady Wildcats a 4-1 lead. The Lady Hawks responded with 7 straight points to make the score 7-4. However, instead of staying down like in game 1, the Lady Wildcats made impressive digs and battled through long rallies to slow down the Lady Hawks offensive barrage at the net. Their efforts had Lady Wildcat’s fans cheering from the bleachers, but was not enough to get the win. A 7-0 run by the Lady Hawks established a 10-point lead they would not relinquish.
“Game 2 of that match was the first time our starting lineup has been on the court together in 6 matches,“ Clarksville High Lady Wildcats head coach Jami Thomas said. “We had not played together in over 3 weeks. Game 3 we definitely started getting into system and that is a good thing for us.”
The Lady Wildcats did play their best in the final game, but it was not enough to stop White and Comperry. In addition, the Lady Hawks had their strongest serving performance in game 3. They generated 8 aces on top of 12 kills for the last game. Comperry served 2 aces to give the Lady Hawks a 3-0 lead. She added a kill later as part of a 5-0 run that had her team up 11-4.
Despite their best efforts, the Lady Wildcats would get no closer than 6 points. They generated 3 kills and one ace in the final game. Miranda Sizemore and Lindsey both had 2 kills in the match.