Volleyball Takes Final Flight


Matthew Tomer, Sports Editor

The Hartford Hawks volleyball team hit the court for one last time on Saturday night against the Chicago State Cougars. The Hawks fell in straight sets to the Cougars, ending the season with a 2-24 record.

In the first set, Chicago State went on an early run jumping out to an early 10-4 lead. Following a timeout from Hartford, the Hawks would go on a 3-0 run narrowing the gap to 12-8. The Cougars would answer back with a 4-0 run of their own to give them the 16-8 edge. Although Hartford tried to bounce back, the hits were too hard and the points were flowing for Chicago State as they took set one, 25-14.

After dropping the first set, the Hawks were looking to bounce back. Using kills from Greta De Gasper and Lika Nkenchor, Hartford would give themselves a 4-3 lead. That lead would only last for a short while as Chicago State used a 10-2 run to continue the carnage. After a stuffed attack by Lika Nkenchor and Sydney Luchs, the Hawks would battle back and close the gap to just 8. That lead would end up being too big for the Hawks, and Chicago State took the second set, 25-15.

The Hawks found the light at the end of the tunnel early in the third set shifting the momentum and forcing the Cougars to take a timeout. With the pressure being put on, the Cougars responded back and tied the game at eight points aside. Chicago State would get their first lead of the game when the scoreboard showed 13-9. Both teams were trading points back and forth, but Chicago State would prove to be too much. The Hawks would fall 25-15 in the final set of the match.