Amassing just four wins in the regular sesaon, the Hanover High girls volleyball team still had a chance for redemption.
The Hawkettes played in the District 3 Class A Tournament quarterfinal pool Thursday at Central York for that chance.
A two-week layoff from the game helped Hanover make some changes that were needed after the regular season. And those changes helped, but only for a short time.
The Hawkettes lost their final two matches and a tie-breaker game and were bounced from the tournament, ending their season.
"We had Central Catholic right there at the end and, from that point, I don't have the answer to what happened in the third match agianst Berks Christian," Hanover coach Reagan Bitler said.
Hanover went to the final match of the night needing a win to secure a spot in the district semifinals.
And it should have been possible. Berks Christian was 0-2 on the night.
Late in the first game, the score was tied at 17, but the Hawkettes scored the eight of the final 13 points and eeked out a 25-22 win.
However, the next two games went clearly in the Lions' favor. They won 25-16 and 25-13.
Because of the match loss, three teams tied with one win apeice, forcing a tiebreaker.
Scotland received a bye and Hanover and Berks Christian played a winner-take-all game. The Lions took that one too, 25-21, pulling away after the game was tied at 19.
In those four games and three against Central Catholic prior to them, the Hawkettes lost the serving magic that guided them to a win over Scotland.
There was no consistency or runs for the Hawkettes.
"We were serving them into the net," Bitler said. "We weren't taking advantage of the serving power that we had. ... Our serving dropped off and I think that was our strength at the beginning of the night."
It certainly was as Hanover opened up a 10-1 lead on Scotland in the first game. Mikaela Bell held the serve and threw in several aces for good measure.
Hanover went on to win 25-17 in the first game. A 25-21 win in Game 2 gave the Hawkettes the match, although Scotland won the third game, 25-23.
Bell finished the match with six aces, while middle hitter Dona Tolic led the Hawkettes with eight kills.
Things continued well for Hanover as it beat Central Catholic in the first game, 25-21, but that's when the fun ended. The Cardinals won the final two games, 25-15 and 26-24.
Diamond Sorrells had six kills and two blocks against the Cardinals and Allison Frederick had four kills, one assist and one block.
"I think we maybe got a little too ahead of ourselves and didn't expect what was ahead of us," outside hitter Logan Myers said. "We won the first (match) and kind of slipped out and didn't do our best and we fell through."
Myers was one of four freshmen who saw siginificant playing time this season, along with Paige Fuhrman, Courtney Cleary and Sorrells. And that has Bitler thinking about next season now.
"I think we expected a little bit more this season than we achieved," Bitler said. "But at the same time, we are very impressed with what we have coming up, knowing that we were here competing in districts against some of the quality of teams that were here with four freshman playing key roles. That gives us hope for next season."
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