Hawks enjoying strong start to season, sweep Commodores



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Viera High's Delaney Lott (No. 2) delivers a kill during Thursday night's 3-0 sweep of visiting Eau Gallie.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Viera High volleyball team made quick work of the Eau Gallie Commodores Thursday night.

Delaney Lott had nine kills and nine digs and Shaine Horvath and Tory Kolasky added six kills each as the Hawks rolled to a 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 victory over the visiting Commodores.

Viera (8-1) won for the third time in as many days.

“We’re playing really well,” Hawks coach Sarah Wayne said. “We’re meeting the expectations that I thought we were going to do. We have a really tough district, so every game and every practice, we’re going as hard as we can.

“We’re trying to keep pushing and keep getting better.”

Madi Hintz had nine assists and Marisa Hulmes and Chloe Arellano each had eight for the Hawks, who have won 24 of the 27 sets they have played this season.

Freshman libero Hannah Bradford had eight digs and four aces. Kolasky led Viera with five aces.

Asked if there is anything about this year’s Viera team that has surprised her so far this season, Wayne mentioned two things:

“They’re chemistry is really good,” she said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a team that every single person … they’re all flowing together, they’re all clicking together.

“And I think this is probably one of the best serving teams I’ve had in a long time. All of the rotations, when we go back there, I think we’re doing a really good job of putting a lot of pressure on the other team with our serve.”

That team chemistry was certainly evident Thursday night as the players seemed to be genuinely enjoying their time on the court together.

“Tonight was really fun,” Horvath said. “Everyone was laughing. We always have a good time. No one ever gets down on each other, picks on each other or points out someone.

“We all take responsibility when we mess up.”

This year’s team also features a nice mix of veterans like Horvath, Lott, Kolasky and Taylor Jensen along with a pair of freshmen in Bradford and Kelly Merz and sophomore Savannah Reiser.

“They are stepping up,” Horvath said of the younger players. “And for freshmen, we like the fact that they’re not afraid to say something.

“Everyone has their own input. No one’s superior to someone else. Everyone has their role and everyone shows up and plays that role.”

Viera’s lone loss so far this season came earlier this month to perennial district favorite Hagerty. The Hawks will play an important district game on Tuesday when they travel to play St. Cloud. That will be followed by another district road game at Liberty on Wednesday and a home game on Sept. 20 against Rockledge. Viera will play at Holy Trinity on Sept. 24.