Hawks own their house, sweep Red Devils in home opener

Shawano breezes through 1st Bay match of season
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Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths makes the first serve of the 3-0 sweep against Green Bay East on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths and junior Tori DePerry make a double block during Thursday’s 3-0 sweep against Green Bay East.

Shawano radiated energy from the first serve of the game through Averi Vomastic’s match-winning attack to sweep Green Bay East in its Bay Conference home opener Thursday.

“They definitely brought the energy tonight,” head coach Breanna Young said. “We’ve been practicing really hard, so they came out with a lot of energy from that mentality, so I think that helped, and then they fed off of our crowd and just carried it through the whole game.”

Shawano breezed through the first set with a 25-12 win, never losing its lead. The Red Devils (2-7, 0-1) picked up the momentum in set two and were able to hang on, consistently tying the Hawks until point 12 when a string of service errors knocked them back. Shawano utilized the setback to take the set 25-19.

The Hawks (5-4, 1-0) opened game three with a block by Tori DePerry. After trailing briefly for the first time in the match, they took back control 10 points in and carried their momentum to a 25-17 victory.

Shawano’s vigor was reciprocated in the stands as the student section’s “sweep” chants filled the gym during match point.

“That was awesome to hear,” Vomastic said. “It was nice having our home crowd to cheer us on. It really gives us momentum to go into the next game even stronger.”

The Hawks are an exceptionally close-knit team, with most of them having played together for the past two years or more. They’ve been able to learn each other’s strengths and strategize around them.

“They also played a lot together in the offseason, which has definitely helped in making them very connected on the court,” Young said.

“I trust all my teammates, and I know that they trust me, so I love that we can depend on each other,” Vomastic said. “We’re a very close team, so that helps a lot.”

Shawano’s Selena Bergner recorded 22 assists and four aces. Vomastic added four aces and seven attacks. Julia Klement had eight attacks; Brandi Gueths had five. Kyra Klement, who played libero, recorded nine digs.

The Hawks’ next three games are at home, giving them the opportunity to continue their momentum.

Young said they’ll keep working on offensive coverage and serving, which she says can always improve.

“It’s good to get our first home game out of the way so we can continue to prepare for the next one,” Young said, “and it’s even better when it’s a win.”