After falling in three straight sets to Hagerstown CC, the Hawks looked ahead to Sophomore night against Anne Arundel CC. Similar to senior night, Sophomore night is special for the CSM Volleyball team. Three players have made a major impact on the team this year as it will be their last time playing volleyball at the Junior College level. If there is anything that sophomores Reagan Tuiasosopo, Savannah Carrol, and Samantha Rerig wanted on their special night, it was a victory. The Hawks did just that in a dramatic five set match against the Riverhawks of Anne Arundel CC.
Anne Arundel would take the first two sets of the game, building off an eleven point lead in the first set to win 25-13 and a 7-1 run in the second set to win 25-16. Despite the Hawks tying the score four times, the Riverhawks were able to take advantage of errors that were made by CSM.
The third set was the turning point of the match. The Riverhawks jumped out to a 10-6 lead before CSM would claw back into the game. The Hawks would jump out to a 6-1 scoring run to take their first lead of the match at 12-11. A block kill by Gabrielle Wilson made the score 13-11 Hawks and an ace later on by Tuiasosopo made the score 15-12 CSM. Yet, with the sport of Volleyball, there is no such thing as a comfortable lead. The score would be tied at 15, 17, 18, 20, and 23 in the moments following, as the Hawks were scratching and clawing for a victory. Anne Arundel would take a 24-23 lead, and two point later CSM would take the lead 25-24. It appeared that neither team could muster two straight points at that moment, as the score would be tied at 25, 26, 27, and 28. The Hawks would take advantage of two attack errors by Anne Arundel to win the third set 30-28.
In the fourth set, the Hawks would build momentum and appeared to be aggressive on the attack. They started with a 4-1 lead and stretched their lead to 10-5 after an ace served by Savannah Carrol. The Riverhawks would fight back, but a kill by Tuiasosopo gave the Hawks a 13-10 advantage. An ace served by Alyssa Wilson stretched the CSM lead to six, and another kill by Carrol capped off an 8-3 scoring run for the Hawks with the score in their favor, 20-13. Two more kills by Zaiera Duckett helped the Hawks win the fourth set 25-13, forcing a fifth and deciding set to win the match.
The fifth set would go back and forth in the early going, with tie scores at two, six, seven, eight, and nine, as no team had a lead by more than a point. After Anne Arundel took a 10-9 lead, Katelyn Kluh tied the set at 10 with a kill. With the Riverhawks holding a 12-10 lead, a kill by Duckett tied the score at 12. The Hawks would force three errors on Anne Arundel, which would give them a dramatic five set victory at 15-13, earning their first win at home this season.
The Hawks, full of thrill and emotion, will finish their season at Allegany College of Maryland on Friday, October 19th at 6pm.