Hardin Park sweeps Bethel, Cove Creek
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Hardin Park swept its trimatch with Cove Creek and Bethel at Hardin Park’s gym Monday afternoon.
Hardin Park opened with a 25-6, 25-9 victory over Cove Creek in the first match played. The Eagles also swept past Bethel 25-11 and 25-7 in the final match of the trimatch.
Cove Creek recovered from its early loss and beat Bethel, but needed extra points to do it. The Raiders ended up taking 27-25, 26-24 decision.
Hardin Park got off to a fast start against Cove Creek, which wore similar maroon uniforms that the Eagles wore. Hardin Park took an 8-2 lead and increased it to 15-3.
The Raiders struggled with the serving of Brynne Gould, who served four aces in a row to give Hardin Park a 21-5 lead. The Raiders could not return the serve of Reina Marze and won the set.
Marze served the first 10 points of the second set to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead. Cove Creek battled back to pull to within 14-7, but could not get closer.
Cove Creek rebounded by winning two close sets against Bethel. Cove Creek fell behind 17-10 in the first set, but rallied to pull to 19-17. The Raiders held off two set points and finally caught Bethel at 24-24.
Leading 26-25, Cove Creek’s Olivia Brooks served an ace to give the Raiders the win.
The second set was the opposite of the first. Cove Creek took an early 13-7 lead and increased it to 21-13 before Bethel started to rally. The Rockets chipped away at Cove Creek’s lead and eventually caught the Raiders at 22-22.
The game was tied 24-24 when Cove Creek’s Caitlin Vines served an ace. The Raiders won a short rally on the next point to ice the victory.
Hardin Park broke open a 5-5 tie with Bethel by scoring seven straight points. The Eagles eventually went in front 19-8 and never looked back.
Hardin Park rode the momentum into the second game by taking an 18-4 lead.
In another middle school volleyball match, Green Valley beat Valle Crucis 25-20 and 25-15.