Hawks breeze through 1st round of regionals

Shawano faces Oconto Falls next
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Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School volleyball players, from left, senior Nicole Hoefs, sophomore Kyra Klement and senior Averi Vomastic set up on defense during Tuesday’s sweep of Two Rivers in a WIAA Division 2 regional match. The Hawks play Oconto Falls next.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Averi Vomastic and freshman Rachel Reed block during a WIAA Division 2 regional match on Tuesday. The Hawks swept Two Rivers to advance to the next round against Oconto Falls.

Shawano repeatedly attacked Two Rivers’ open court to clinch a sweep in the first round of a WIAA Division 2 regional on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Hawks trampled the 13-seeded Purple Raiders 25-9, 25-8 and 25-14 to advance to the second round.

“They played awesome,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said. “They played how I expected them to play.”

A Two Rivers service error gave Shawano its first point to start the night, and the Hawks breezed to an 11-2 lead before the Purple Raiders took a timeout. An Averi Vomastic kill took the Hawks to set point, and a block by Rachel Reed and Vomastic ended the set 25-9.

Two Rivers (3-17, 0-7 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) scored the first point of Set 2 on a Shawano hitting error. Tori DePerry and Brandi Gueths put up a double-block to get the Hawks on the board and they rolled to a 10-1 lead. A Vomastic attack clinched the set 25-8.

“Shawano hits the ball very hard right down on the court, especially (Vomastic),” Two Rivers head coach Jeremy Otte said. “They just opened up every single swing on us, and we don’t have a tall team to block those shots. And they’re a great serving team. They just really attacked us and we weren’t able to stop them.”

DePerry gave the Hawks the first point of the final set with an attack kill to a wide-open court. Three Vomastic kills took Shawano to a 6-0 lead, but Two Rivers capitalized on Shawano errors to reduce the deficit to one.

The Hawks regained their energy and gave up just five of the next 20 points. A hitting error wrapped up Shawano’s sweep 25-14.

“We got a little sloppy in the last set,” Young said, “but I’m proud that they figured it out without me having to take a timeout. That’s a testament to their chemistry and leadership out there.”

The Hawks (26-9, 5-2 Bay Conference) utilized the last set as practice for Round 2 against fifth-seeded Oconto Falls on Thursday at Shawano.

“We were moving some people around and trying some things for our next match moving forward, so it was great to see them being able to finish out the match while also preparing for the next game,” Young said.

Shawano’s season ended a year ago in Round 2, but Young is hopeful for a different result this year.

“The girls have a special chemistry this year that has made them much stronger on the court,” she said. “They have the one-game-at-a-time mentality, and they have it in them to move past the next round. If they just keep their strength and mentality, I’m very optimistic with how they’ll play.”