Hawks tame Bulldogs, face sixth-ranked Spartans

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Woodward-Granger's Emma Drake sets the ball for Natalie Weaver (6) during play against host Van Meter Monday. Darby Nixon (18), Katelyn Bandstra (4) and Elly Poilch (obscured) watch for the Hawks, who advanced with a 3-1 win. Photo submitted.

VAN METER — A dropped first set was not about to deter the Woodward-Granger volleyball team Monday as the Hawks rallied strongly for a 3-1 win over Van Meter in their Class 2A Region 4 meeting.

W-G posted a 23-25, 25-23, 25-18 and 25-20 win to stretch their victory streak to 13 matches. Individual statistical information for neither team was available.

The victory sends W-G (22-10) to the regional semifinals against a foe that has become familiar in recent postseasons, sixth-ranked and traditional powerhouse Grundy Center (30-8), who dispatched Ogden (13-14) Monday on scores of 25-10, 25-3 and 25-14.

The Hawks and Spartans will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the site has yet to be determined. The winner will face either 11th-rated Underwood (29-5) or AC/GC (28-7) on Nov. 5, that site remaining undetermined as well.

W-G saw slim leads continually disappear in the opening set, which Van Meter (20-9) won, 25-23. A resilient Hawk squad staved off a late 10-0 run from the Bulldogs to flip the score and use a 25-23 to their advantage, a result that tied the match.

The Hawks broke open a 14-all match in set three to roll off a 25-18 victory, then secured the win with a 25-20 triumph in the fourth set.

W-G head coach Bailey Hunt addresses the Hawks Monday in Van Meter during their Class 2A Region 4 contest. Photo submitted.

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