Wyoming Area’s Larry Popovich spikes the ball against Hanover in the Warriors sweep of the Hawkeyes on Thursday in Exeter.photo by tony callaio
Dylan Reedy sends the ball over the net for Wyoming Area in the Warriors win over Hanover.photo tony callaio
While it was raining outside, it was thundering inside the gym as the Wyoming Area pounded the ball to the floor en route to a 25-9, 25-14, 25-12 three game sweep of Hanover Area on Thursday in Exeter.
Wyoming Area may have played its best game of the season, and it came in the final game of the year and the final game of the careers of all but one Warrior.
“They played well,” said Coach Noah Pickett. “I joked with them that they peaked in the last game of the season, but they really came along…they looked good, I’m proud of them.”
After falling behind 4-3 early in the first game, Chris Evans scored four of the Warriors next seven points, three of those being aces, to take a 10-4 lead. Then after a Hanover Area point, Tony Richards set the ball to Kevin Thompson for a big kill, starting another Warrior rally. During that six-point rally, Cody Gates came up with two big blocks giving WA a 17-6 lead.
A Hanover Area point stopped the rally, but Gates picked up where the rally left off. Richards set the ball to Gates who blasted the ball to the floor for the kill. Then Gates stuffed another Hanover Area attempt followed by a Richards kill giving WA a 20-7 lead.
Richards recorded two aces during the final five points as WA owned the first game 25-9.
The Warriors came out firing in game-two, storming to an early 5-1 lead. Richards set up Gates for the first point then Gates denied the Hawkeye attack for the second point. Dylan Reedy came up with an ace for the third point, then Richards set up Evans and Gates for points four and five.
Both teams scored two points before Gates came up with the biggest hit of the day. Richards set the ball and Gates attacked it aggressively, smashing the ball off the head of a Hawkeye, who appeared to not even see the ball.
Hanover Area responded with a point but then the Warriors went on another six-point run. Larry Popovich started the run with a kill, then Richards set up Thompson and Evans followed with an ace. Popovich had another big kill and Evans had another ace before Richards set up Reedy for the kill giving WA a 14-4 advantage.
Hanover Area went on a 4-1 run before WA responded with two points putting the Warriors up 17-8.
After a Hawkeye point, the Warriors rattled off five points on two Hanover Area miscues, a kill and an ace by Reedy and a kill by Gates. Hanover then scored two points but WA answered on a big kill by Evans and an ace by Richards. Then Thompson added a kill to give the Warriors a 25-14 game-two win.
After falling behind 5-2 in the third game, WA scored four straight points before another point by HA tying the game at six. That was the last time the game was close, as the Warriors rallied off six consecutive points on two errors by Hanover Area, two points by Reedy and two aces by Evans.
Hanover Area scored the next two points to cut the lead to 12-8 but WA responded with three points including a huge smash by Popovich. Both teams exchanged the next few points and WA held a 19-12 lead.
Richards scored five of the final six points on a kill and four consecutive aces before Thompson iced the game with a kill giving the Warriors a 3-0 victory.
“They’re a hard working group,” said Pickett. “Last year only getting one win to this year, they really came along. They worked hard and they played well.”
Tony Richards led the way with 20 assists, seven aces and three kills while Cody Gates added 10 kills and three blocks. Dylan Reedy contributed with nine kills, two assists and two aces. Chris Evans had two kills and seven aces. Larry Popovich and Kevin Thompson each had four kills.
Wyoming Area started the week with a 3-0 victory over West Side Tech in a WVC Volleyball matchup on Tuesday in Pringle.
Larry Popovich served 12 aces to lead the Warriors in the 25-13, 26-24, 25-15 sweep.
Tony Richards added 38 assists, four aces and four kills for WA, and Chris Evans chipped in with nine kills and three aces.
West Side Tech…2-14