Kewpies seniors get revenge against Jays

Friday, September 12, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The night ended much better than it began for the seniors on the Hickman volleyball team.

The Kewpies, after falling behind in both games against Jefferson City on Wednesday, rallied to defeat the Jays 25-18, 25-20 at Hickman.

It was the Hickman seniors’ first win against the Jays. The Kewpies’ desire for the elusive win helped motivate them throughout the match.

“We really wanted it,” senior Danielle Newton said. “We’ve lost to them every year, and this was our last chance to get them, and we wanted it.”

The Kewpies (8-0) fell behind 5-0 in the first match, but settled down to tie the score at 10.

Newton said she felt as if the Kewpies were not playing their usual game, which resulted in the early deficit.

“We just knew that we weren’t doing our part and that’s all we needed to do,” Newton said. “We were just staying where we were.”

Jefferson City called a timeout after falling behind 14-12, but the Kewpies had the momentum and confidence to take the game.

Coach Greg Gunn was never worried about the game, even with the tough start.

“I’ve got confidence in them and they’ve got confidence in themselves,” Gunn said. “I knew they weren’t going to let this one get away from them like that.”

The second game began in similar fashion, for Jefferson City took a lead 6-2. The Kewpies regrouped, though, and helped by Jefferson City miscues, forced a Jay timeout with a 9-7 lead.

The timeout failed to stop the Kewpies, who used consecutive Naomi Tesfamikael kills to key an 8-1 run that broke open the game. The Jays then used a 7-1 streak to close to 18-15.

Gunn, despite the win, was not pleased with the Kewpies’ performance.

“We didn’t play as well as we could,” Gunn said. “We didn’t pass the ball as well as we could, but we did well enough to get the job done.”

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