Bison start slow, but win
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison knew what was on the line when they headed to Beulah for a Region 7 counter against their nearby rivals, but still started slow. Beulah didn’t take advantage of a slow Hazen start and fell 2-3: 25-16, 18-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 12-15.
In the first set it was clear that something just wasn’t right for the Bison. Beulah jumped out to an early 7-1 lead after Nicole Schramm, senior middle, recorded an ace. The Bison never really got out of their mysterious slow start and fell 25-16.
Head Hazen coach Linette Irwin couldn’t precisely point out why her team started the match flatly.
“They were just flat, I have no answer for it,” Coach Irwin said. “I thought they were really up for the game, but I don’t know if they came out scared. I think they were just flat, they didn’t know what to expect,” Irwin said.
There was no slow start for the Bison in the second set, and a competitive set followed. At about the halfway point in the set the score was 14-13 in favor of Beulah, but that’s when Autumn Johnson made her presence felt.
Hazen’s 6-foot-2 middle recorded three consecutive points – 2 kills and a block – giving the Bison a 16-14 lead. Steph Ziegler, a junior outside hitter, added an ace, making the rally five points and giving Hazen an 18-14 lead.