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Lady Hawks end busy week with first place finish in ‘Kickoff Classic’

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Submitted by Chip Bird

RED OAK - It was a busy week of "firsts" for the Red Oak Lady Hawks as the 2010 volleyball season got underway.

The first game of the season, the first event in the new gym, a first place tournament finish and the first time the dome at the new school glowed maroon.

On Monday, Aug. 9, the Lady Hawks lost the season opener and the first match played in the new gym to the defending 3A state champs, the Lovejoy Leopards.

The Lady Hawks played well behind the powerful hitting of senior Hunter Porter, but couldn’t overcome a very talented Lovejoy team, losing 20-25, 19-25 and 21-25.

Tuesday, Aug. 10 the Lady Hawks came up against the powerful hitting and stiff blocking of the JJ Pearce Lady Mustangs.

The Lady Hawks were not able to mount a front row defense which kept their back row scrambling all night.

The Lady Hawks did have signs of life with strong shots from Hunter Porter, but the Lady Mustangs had too many weapons.

The Lady Hawks finished the match losing in 3 straight sets, 15-25, 20-25, 17-25.

The second match of the evening was with the Lady Scots of Highland Park.

The first set of this match was a heartbreaker for the Lady Hawks.

The Lady Hawks took a 23-17 lead but the Lady Scots went on a 1-9 run to win the set 24-26.

The second set of this match featured consistent hitting by Hunter Porter and good back row defense, but the Lady Hawks just couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Scots and lost 20-25.

The Lady Scots took a 1-9 lead in the third set of the match as the Lady Hawks continued their defensive struggles and dropped the third set 18-25.

The Lady Hawks traveled to Denton to play in the Denton Ryan Kickoff Classic Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

And play they did, by capturing FIRST place!

The Lady Hawks started the tournament with a first round bye.

In their first match they faced off against Frisco Wakeland, setting the tone for the tournament.

Starting strong and never letting up, the Lady Hawks beat Wakeland in three sets, 25-7, 25-11and 25-16.

The Lady Hawks continued their strong play on Friday against Frisco; winning 25-12, 25-17 and 25-18.

Going into Gold Bracket play on Saturday, the Lady Hawks played district rival Waxah-achie.

The Lady Hawks dominated Waxahachie in the first set 25-17 behind the powerful hitting of Hunter Porter and Lindsay Prasifka and strong net play of Morgan Watts, Caleah Wells and Kennedi Coleman.

The Lady Hawks stumbled a bit in the second set losing 19-25 as Waxahachie found their game.

However, the Lady Hawks came back to win the third set, 25-16, with great defense from Gabby Pena and Mallory Bolin and pinpoint serving from Kaycie Bird and Averi Walker.

The fourth set turned out to be an all out war.

The Lady Hawks came out on top 30-28 in this intense see saw battle.

The Lady Hawks then played Prosper in the championship match.

Prosper had no answers for the Lady Hawks offense as the Lady Hawks took control early in each of the first two sets and held off a strong Prosper team.

The third set was a battle as the Lady Hawks were down by as much as five points before rallying back.

The Lady Hawks won the championship match in three sets, 25-20, 25-23 and 26-24.

Hunter Porter and Kaycie Bird were named to the All Tournament Team.

With the Lady Hawks’ first place finish in the Ryan Kickoff Classic Tournament, the dome at the new high school glowed maroon instead of white on Saturday night for the first time.

Throughout the school year, any time a varsity sport wins, the dome will have a maroon glow.

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