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Holding onto the dream

11/13/08 (Thu)

For the Hazen volleyball squad the goal this postseason can be summed up in one word: win.

"Winning is our only goal," Bison head coach Kim Wolf said. "We’re all trying to get to the State tournament."

And the Bison have been following that plan almost to a T, with one minor exception. After earning the regular season district title outright, Hazen had an easy going in the District 14 Tournament last week until the title game. After a stunning first game win, Hazen fell the next three games to fellow district powerhouse Dickinson Trinity. The loss was only on paper, however, as the Bison continued their season Monday night in the opening round of the Region 7 Tournament. And with that, Hazen returned to its winning ways, routing Heart River 3-0 and moving one step closer to a possible rematch with Trinity for the regional championship.

Hazen, the No. 2 seed from District 14, played New England, the No. 1 seed from District 13, this past Tuesday before the regional tournament wraps up Thursday. The contest was a rematch from last year’s second round game, where the Tigers upended Hazen 3-2.

But Wolf knows this year’s match will be vastly different with the Bison a year older, a year wiser and much hungrier. The Bison have four seniors in Brianna Beecher, Kara Dietz, Macall Wimer and Samantha Ziegler, who have been staples of Hazen’s success over the years in one way or another. A trip to the Class B State Tournament is a dream the foursome have shared since the first day of volleyball practice four years ago.

But Monday night’s warm-up match against Heart River showed all those in the Hazen High School gym you have to bring you’re best everyday to stay alive. The Cougars, the No. 3 seed from District 13, had experience on their side with six seniors on their roster.

Hazen had Beecher, the District 14 Senior Athlete of the Year, leading the ship.