Woodward-Granger’s volleyball team suffered their second West Central Activities Conference defeat this season after losing in four sets, 3-1, to the Van Meter Bulldogs (23-4, 6-1).


This is the first time in three years that the Hawks (18-12, 5-2) have lost one conference match let alone two during the same campaign.


At home on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Hawks were almost swept by a conference opponent, something that has only happened once before in as many years. The first was this season against the Des Moines Christian Lions.


After dropping their first two matches both by four points, 25-21, the home team came back with a convincing 25-11 third set win.


The victory was short lived and so was their shot at a conference win when the two teams combined for 58 points with the host receiving the short end of the stick, 30-28.


It was the Hawks second loss in less than a week when they finished last Thursday, Oct. 5 Jayette Varsity tournament with a 3-1 record.


At Perry the Hawks swept through three different teams, the Roland-Story Norsemen, the Saydel Eagles, and the host Perry Jayettes for a combined 6-0 sets record but fell to the Ballard Bombers in two sets.


In their contest versus the Norsemen the Hawks won the first match 21-19 and then 21-15.


They finished 36-for-41 on serves, with 20 kills (Julie Pitman with six), 20 assists (Emma Drake -18), 20 digs (Kaycee Major - seven) four total blocks (Pitman - three), and two aces.


It was a quick match against the Eagles who the Hawks dominated in both games with wins of 21-4 and 21-11.


Once again Pitman led the squad in kills with six of the team’s 23, while Drake collected 20 of the total 22 assists. Ashlyn Soelberg recorded two of the five digs.


Both Pitman and Anna Tague each accounted for four aces of the team’s 12. As a team they finished 39-for-41 on serves.


Their final win of the night came against the host as the Hawks took the first set 21-11 and then followed it up with a 21-18 win.


Pitman continued to add to her kill total with seven of the team’s 22. Drake tallied another 19 assists one shy of the team’s 20.


The squad missed only three times on serve attempts going 38-for-41 with 10 aces (Pitman - five), six total blocks and six digs.


This Thursday, Oct. 12, the Hawks travels to Ogden for a meeting with the Bulldogs in the Hawks’ final WCAC match this season.