BY GENE NARDI
On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Seminole Ridge High School girls varsity volleyball squad played a non-district road game against the Village Academy in Delray Beach, and swept the Tigers on their home court, 25-13, 25-23, 27-25.
The victory improves the Hawks record to 6-4 on the season.
The Lady Hawks cruised by the Tigers in the first set, playing aggressively at the net, while a stellar defense limited the Tigers to just 13 points, including an 8-point run.
During the second set, Village Academy pushed the action, gaining some momentum, and challenged often, making the set close. The Hawks came up big near the end to seal the second set 25-23. Kylie Shiver and Cheyann Franklin both provided solid play at the net for the Hawks.
Seminole Ridge saw an opportunity to rotate some players into the contest during the third set, as the Hawks appeared to dominate the Tigers early. But Village Academy, determined to not go quietly, took the action to the Hawks and patiently closed the margin. The Hawks were able to maintain a close lead, until the Tigers tied it at 20.
Libero Nicole Kuryel came up big in key moments for the Hawks when it counted. She anchored the center during the third set. The two teams battled at the net for the winning points, until Seminole Ridge pushed through the resistance, winning the final two points to take the set and the match 27-25.
The Hawks spent the week on the road against Palm Beach Gardens and John I. Leonard, but results were not available by press time.
ABOVE: Hawk Kylie Shivers sends the ball over the net early in the third set against Village Academy.