FAIRBANKS-Last night was senior night at Hutchison high school and they hosted the Monroe Rams. The Hawks recognized manager Michaela Spaulding and outside hitter Vanessa Hasting before the game. This game was a great one to see.
The Hawks had the emotion and the energy. The first set went 26-24 to Hutch. The second set the Hawks carried their momentum for a 25-15 win. The Rams fought back taking the third set 25-20 to avoid the sweep. But it was just Hutchison's night. They take the final set 25-20 for the four set 3-1 victory.
It was the Rams first lost of the year. Hutchison improves to 7-3 and 5-2 in the Aurora Conference Monroe is 12-1 now and 8-1 in conference. It was also a storybook ending for Hasting who struggled all night but hit the game winner in the fourth set.
"Oh my god it's amazing like, we haven't beat Monroe since-I don't know since I've been playing. I don't know if they won before but yeah-so it's amazing," Hasting said.
6'3" junior middle blocker Lina Heinrichs set the tone with her best game of the year and saw every one on her team play their best.
"It was a lot of fun. We played really well and everybody worked together and it was really a team effort together," Heinrichs said.
Monroe head coach Dave Obermeyer gave credit to Hutch's growth and figured that if Monroe lost a conference game it'd be to the Hawks.
"Hutch has improved throughout the season. You know it all depends on how we play and we didn't play well but you know, they played awesome. I mean that's how it goes," Obermeyer said.
Linda Bode, Hutchison's head coach, beamed as her team got better and matured as the game went along.
"I can just see the maturity on the court. They don't get rattled and [it was] just exciting. I'm really proud of them," Bode said.