Hawks celebrate Senior Night with sweep of West Shore


Viera High's Lauren Lewis was one of five seniors who were honored Wednesday night as the Hawks swept past visiting West Shore.


The Viera Hawks wanted to make it a special night for their five seniors … and that’s just what they did.

Prior to Wednesday’s regular-season home opener against West Shore, the Hawks introduced this year’s senior class – Lauren Lewis, Savannah Reiser, Allie Ham, Kennedy Boswell and Devin Fox.

Then, they went out and swept the visiting Wildcats 25-7, 25-20 and 25-12.

“Tonight was just about celebrating the seniors,” Viera coach Sarah Wayne said. “We were having a good time … enjoying them, enjoying our first home game. It was all about them tonight.”

Junior Kelly Merz had a big night for Viera (2-0), leading the team with seven kills to go along with 12 assists and three aces. Sophomore Sydney Williams had six kills and a team-high five aces.

Freshman Mallory Merz led Viera with 13 assists. Ham had 12 digs. Lewis had six. Fox and Boswell each had one block.

Although Senior Night is usually celebrated during the last home game – not the first – Viera decided to move it up because of the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“(It was) really special, actually,” Lewis said. “Growing up, seeing all the other seniors, I think it’s fun now that we’re the seniors doing this type of stuff.”

If there was any disappointment on this night, it was that Reiser was unable to play because of an injury sustained Monday night that had her in a walking boot.

“Watching everyone, it kind of hit me after walking out and seeing them warm up,” Reiser said. “I hope I’ll get better before the end of the season so I’ll be able to play.”

As for the match itself, the Hawks raced to an 11-0 lead int eh first set before cruising to take a 1-0 lead. The next two sets would be closer as West Shore picked up its level of play and the Hawks were experimenting with different lineups.

Lewis thought the Hawks played “pretty good.”

“I think we let up a little bit in the middle set, but then we realized we needed to get back into it, so we came back in the third again.”

The Hawks are scheduled to play another home game on Friday when they host the Merritt Island Mustangs at 6:30 p.m. in what should be a highly competitive matchup.