by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School girl’s volleyball team defeated Middletown High School in three sets on senior night, Thursday. Hamilton is 4-16 overall and 1-6 in the Greater Miami Conference.
Before the game Taylor and Hannah Goins, and Annie and Allie Hudson, were honored in the annual senior night celebration.
Annie Hudson said, “Im going to miss all the practices and all the fun that we’ve had in them and all the hard work we’ve put into the season.”
Her sister added, “I’m going to miss the people- all my coaches and teammates.”
To honor team manager Taylor Goins, Hamilton and Middletown faced off in a quick game to five. Taylor not only served two points that Middletown was unable to return, but also recorded a kill.
Head coach Anitra Brockman said: “The impact [the seniors have] made on the team and us coaches is tremendous. They’ve had 5 coaches in the past 5 years so to see the adversity they’ve overcome and stepped up as leaders, I’m just really proud of them.”
Powerful serving, big swings and communication helped Hamilton bury Middletown in the first set 25-9. The Big Blue came out strong starting the game with a 7-1 run. Middletown was able to gain momentum scoring a quick three points, but a service error ending the run. Hamilton was able to capitalize on the mistake and extend their lead, 20-6. Allie Hudson was able to secure the win with a kill.
The second set proved to be a battle for Hamilton as Middletown took a quick lead 2-0 and continued to keep the score close. A kill from Hannah Goins followed by an ace from junior Allysen Warner tied the score at 2. After back and forth play the two teams were once again tied, at four. A quick push from Annie Hudson brought the lead back to Hamilton 5-4. Middletown continued to struggle with serve receive, giving Hamilton many free balls to set up their hitters. Big swings from sophomore Samantha Fuller helped Hamilton end the set 25-14.
Game three proved no different as Hamilton won 25-16. After a 5-0 run by Middletown late in the game, Brockman called a time out to re-group her team.
“I basically told them slow down and play smart [remember the] fundamentals. I told them go back out there and finish it.”
A kill from freshman Madison Welch and a service error from Middletown allowed Hamilton to come away with the win.
Hamilton hits the road to face number 5 ranked Fairfield on October 4 at 7 p.m.