Hawks continue strong play with sweep of Eau Gallie
Viera High's Delaney Lott (left) led the Hawks with seven kills and three blocks in a 3-0 victory over Eau Gallie Wednesday night.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The Viera High volleyball team has been on quite a roll as of late.
And while Eau Gallie did its best to slow down the Hawks Wednesday night, the Commodores simply got squished.
Viera rolled to a three-game sweep by scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-11 to improve to 13-3 on the season.
The victory came one night after the Hawks went on the road and defeated six-time state champion Bishop Moore and less than a week after the team performed well at the prestigious Battle at the Beach tournament in Venice.
“We’ve been playing really well,” Viera coach Sarah Wayne said. “We went to Venice last weekend to see the best competition in the state. It was a great experience for our girls.
“We learned a lot about ourselves and what we need to work on and what it’s like to play (state championship level competition). We went 2-3, but it gave us a lot of confidence to show that we can play at the top level.”
Viera two wins came against two programs with state championships on their resume -- Jacksonville’s Bishop Kenny and two-time state champ Westminster Christian of Miami, which is 11-3 and ranked No. 24 in the state by MaxPreps.
The Hawks lost to four-time state champ Venice, defending Class 3A state champion Divine Savior (Doral) and a Barron Collier team ranked No. 37 in the state.
Viera senior Delaney Lott was named to the all-tournament team.
“It’s good to see good competition,” Lott said of the tournament. “It was good to see where we are and to see (who) we could meet at the end of the season, and to know that we can hang in (there with them).”
Being able to walk into a Bishop Moore gym, where six state championship banners are hanging, and come away with a win was pretty encouraging, too
“That was a good one. That felt good,” Lott said. “We went into it a little shaky, so it felt really good to come out and prove to ourselves that we are that good and we can play at that level.”
Viera, now ranked 57th in the state by MaxPreps, didn’t have much trouble with Eau Gallie, although the Commodores played hard throughout the night.
Lott led Viera with seven kills and three blocks. Chloe Arellano and Marisa Hulmes tied for the team lead with nine assists while Lauren Lewis had six.
Kelly Merz had a team-high 11 digs and Savannah Reiser was next with six. Madi Hintz had seven aces.
The Hawks also got a solid performance from a pair of freshmen. Sydney Williams had seven aces and was a defensive presence at the net while Mak Carter had four kills and two blocks.
Viera’s next three games will be on the road as the Hawks will travel to Cocoa tonight, play at Heritage on Tuesday and then face a big test the following night at Merritt Island.
The Hawks will then return home on Aug. 30 to face Holy Trinity.