Hawks’ volleyball team finishes further than any other in the past six seasons

Cesar J. Toledo Sports Correspondent

A 25-win season would normally be cause for a bit of celebration, but for Woodward-Granger’s volleyball team it was just another season cut short of their goal.

This season the Hawks (25-14) surprised so many fans and opponents after posting a successful campaign, despite contending with the losses of so many integral pieces.

The squad of 15 who didn’t win more than 25 games for the first time since the 2013-2014 season combined with failing to capture a fourth consecutive WCAC tile a year ago, finished better than any other Hawks’ team has in the past six seasons.

After recording two straight road postseason wins at Tri-Center, Neola and St. Edmond, Fort Dodge in a combined 6-1 set victories, the Hawks quest for a state bid came to an end at the hands of the Council Bluffs St. Albert Saintes in the Class 2A-Region 3 championship game.

As a team this year’s group of players maintained the same level of play as did their predecessors.

Together this current Hawks’ team finished 1,771-of-1,980 on serves for an efficiency rating of 89.4 percent, with 923 kills on 2,491 attacks, 340 aces (3.43 per set), 174 total blocks (45 solo and 129 block assists), 874 assists and 1,134 digs (11.45 per set).

Leading the way in kills was senior Ashley Gales whose 237 was third most in the conference while teammate senior Julie Pitman was fifth with 213.

For her career Gales recorded 299 kills in just three seasons and Pitman tallied 355 kills in four seasons.

Pitman along with junior Anna Tague and sophomore Emma Drake finished two through four in the conference in aces with a combined 168 aces - Tague (59), Drake (57) and Pitman (52).

In just her second year Drake led the group in assists where she accounted for more than 68 percent of them with 597.

Senior Kaycee Major was responsible for almost a quarter of the team’s digs with 249. For her career she recorded 602 digs.

The 2018-2019 Hawks will have to deal with the loss of eight graduating seniors with half of them having played a major role on the team.

Whatever the obstacles facing the future of the team one thing the fans can count on is rooting for a competitive team year after year.