Hawks’ women’s volleyball didn’t stop for holiday break

by | Jan 17, 2020 | Headlines, Sports, Varsity

Jonathan Frasco, Sports Reporter

After spending the holiday break soaking up the San Diego sun — and taking on top competition — there was a concern the Humber Hawks women’s volleyball team would be too exhausted to resume their pre-holiday win streak.

The anxiety about the team’s ability was unwarranted. They didn’t miss a beat as they defended their win streak at home versus the Conestoga Condors.

“I told the girls after the game it’s one of the toughest days, your first match after a long break,” head coach Chris Wilkins said.

A blend of travelling, festivities and tough competition made for a not-so-relaxing break. They were an exhausted team.

First year Hannah Petcoff winds up for a spike against the Conestoga Condors on Jan. 9, 2020. The Hawks continued its winning ways after a tournament in San Diego during the holidays. (Jonathan Frasco)

“We’ve been travelling a lot, and got some illnesses going on, So I thought the girls did a real good job of getting through all of that stuff,” Wilkins said. “Sometimes it’s just about getting that W.”

Before the break, the Hawks had carved themselves out a five-game win streak but the visiting Condors would not make it easy for their first game of 2020.

The Hawks came out excited to play at home, getting off to early leads but the Condors kept hanging around.

It was the depth of the team — particularily the brilliant play by Alex Krstonosic and Julia Watson — that allowed the women to withstand any attack the Condors threw at them and maintain the lead.

The Hawks would come away with three straight sets and extend their win streak to six.

Third-year setter Alex Bartmann said the win was a huge confidence boost for the team.

“It shows us that we can take a few days off and have fun and still succeed,” Bartmann said. “It wasn’t the greatest game but we pushed through which was good.”

The team knows the competition is only going to get tougher as the season progresses.

But Bartmann believes as long as they keep playing their game, everything will work out.