It had been nearly two weeks, Aug. 25 to be exact, since the Viroqua girls volleyball team had been on the courts due to postponements of scheduled matches caused by the recent floods in the region.

Needing to shake off a little rust, the Blackhawks hit their home floor Thursday, Sept. 6, facing Coulee Conference power Black River Falls. The VHS squad had managed to play just five matches this season, while the Tigers had 16 matches under their belts.

The Tigers came out fast and controlled all three sets, defeating the Blackhawks 12-25, 16-25 and 13-25.

Viroqua coach Kate Schwartz said that although the layoff created some issues for the team, there were plenty of other distractions as well.

“It was our home opener and parent’s night, all in one after not having a match due to the flooding since August 25…it did not go how we expected for sure. We respect Black River Falls as they are no doubt one of the best teams in the conference this season. Our girls just could not pull it together and first conference match jitters were definitely a factor.”

Point leaders for the Hawks were Ashlee Gander 4 kills, 19 digs; Jenna Harless 4 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks; Serena Baker 17 digs; Chandlor Volden 9 assists and Alexis Fortney 2 kills.

Saturday, Sept. 8, the Blackhawks competed in a Lancaster-hosted tournament, finishing 1-3 on the day.

Next home match will be Thursday, Sept. 18, when VHS hosts G-E-T.

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