Rock Hill playoff run continues

By Rick Bailey
For the Prosper Press

McKinney - Rock Hill Blue Hawks varsity volleyball had an outstanding inaugural season and fought hard in their first playoff match ever, unfortunately losing to Lebanon Trail in three sets. Set scores were as follows 12-25, 7-25 and 10-25.

After finishing third in one of the toughest Class 5A districts in the state, which included the number one ranked and defending state champion, Lucas Lovejoy the Blue Hawks were looking at a tough playoff road. They represented themselves extremely well especially considering that this was the first year for these girls to play together as a varsity squad in a brand new varsity program at Rock Hill. 

Senior Montana Crumbaugh had six kills for the Blue Hawks while senior Jenna Curran added three more. Senior setter Taylor Bass led the team with eight assists. Seniors Shallan Marcum and Shaylee Shore’s consistent work ethic and passion for their team helped the Blue Hawks continue to fight in the night’s playoff game as well as all season long.

Statistically speaking the Blue Hawks had many contributors this year. Junior Alexa Breslin led the team in kills with 115. She also contributed with 234 serve receptions and 157 digs. Senior Montana Crumbaugh was a consistent performer across the board with 180 serve receptions, 86 kills, 20 service aces, 10 total blocks and 185 digs. 

Sophomore Ella Nowlin contributed 308 serve receptions, 82 kills, 17 service aces and 155 digs in her first year of varsity competition. Junior defensive specialist Willow Hawkins had 179 service receptions and 191 digs. Senior Jenna Curran chipped in with 93 kills for the Blue Hawks. 

Junior Hailey Smith also got 38 blocks for the season. Senior Taylor Bass led the team with 220 assists and sophomore Kendall Reuch added 201 assists. Team totals for the Blue Hawks were 541 kills, 78 blocks, 104 service aces, 1008 digs, 1039 service receptions and 493 service aces.

When asked about their inaugural season head coach Angel Mauterer commented, ‘The Rock Hill volleyball program would like to thank their seniors for establishing a strong culture and setting the tone for the rest of the Blue Hawks to come. Thank you, also, to our players, parents, community, and administration for being such a great support.” The varsity assistant for this inaugural season at Prosper Rock Hill was Christina Friar.