By Nick Beversdorf
In contrast to the previous match against Mosinee, where the Hatchets started out well but slowly faltered over each following set, the most recent game Thursday against Northland Pines showed a team that stumbled out the gate but was able to recover and make a comeback.
As amazing as that comeback was, the Hatchets still lost to NP 3-0. NP won all three sets: 25-16, 25-15, 26-24.
“We started really slow against Pines and Lexi Smith did her job getting multiple kills on us from all over the court,” comments head coach Paul Zierten. “We played well during the end of the third game; after being down 18-24 we came back to tie it at 24-24 but lost the next two points. We finally showed we can be mentally tough at the end of a game and build a comeback; but it was too little too late.
“We need to find a solution to our slow play and mental toughness. I’m hoping to come out strong next week against Rhinelander going into the GNC tournament and build some confidence before the big tourney starts up. I have faith in our girls but we need a spark right now to get us going.”
Hatchet volleyball will play against Athens and Auburndale in a Quad on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tomahawk High School.