Viera-Hagerty volleyball momentarily takes focus away from Hurricane Irma


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Viera's Shaine Horvath (center) splits the Hagerty block for one of her eight kills during Wednesday night's loss to the visiting Huskies.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

For a couple of hours Wednesday night, there was no talk about Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on Brevard County.

There was a volleyball game to be played.

And with a good-sized, enthusiastic student section on hand, the Viera Hawks and the Hagerty Huskies had people thinking about blocks, not shutters; about serving and receiving, not sandbags and plywood.

“It was nice to have to think about it, just play,” Viera senior outside hitter Ali McLoughlin said.

The night did not go as the Hawks had hoped. Hagerty beat Viera 25-13, 25-21 and 25-20 in the district contest.

But in defeat, McLoughlin and Viera coach Sarah Wayne both saw signs of encouragement, particularly in the final two sets, which were very close.

“We knew that they were a great team,” Wayne said. “They were a great team last year. We just started off a little slow. Once we realized we can compete, we finally realized we were right there. Those last two games, just a couple of adjustments need to be made, but …

“I’m encouraged by where we are now. I think we can get to where we need to be in October (for the playoffs).”

Delaney Lott and Shaine Horvath led the Hawks (5-1) with eight kills each. McLoughlin had six kills and tied for the team lead in digs with eight, along with Emma Redmon. Maddie Day had seven digs and she and Redmon each had two aces.

Taylor Jensen had a team-high six blocks while Tory Kolasky had four.

Madi Hintz was the top assist leader with 19. Chloe Arellano and Redmon each had two.

“We played pretty good,” McLoughlin said. “The second set, we definitely picked it up a little bit. We had our moments at times in the third set.

“I think if we play like we did in the second set, really push, that we can do some things when it comes time in October.”

The Hawks were scheduled to play at Palm Bay Thursday night, but that game was not played after Brevard County Public Schools announced that schools would be closed at least Thursday and Friday.

Next up on the schedule would be Bayside on Tuesday, but at this time, there is no word on whether it will take place.

This story will be updated when that information becomes available.