The men of Hanover Volleyball take on Midlothian High School for the fifth time of
the year. The Hanover Hawks went on to lose in the fifth set, 15-13. Brady Didlake
An overlooked boys volleyball
team has surprised everyone. Qualifying
for states is no easy task and the
journey there is even tougher.
The Hawks finished the regular
season in a solid third place in their
conference, setting them up for a first
round match up against Dinwiddie
at Monacan High School. Hanover
would go on to dominate in a 3-0 win.
Glen Allen was the next contestant
for a hungry Hawks team, but
the Hawks continued their success
with a 3-2 win. With this win, they
sealed qualification for a regional appearance.
Although already qualified for a
regionals, the Hawks had a tough
match-up against Midlothian in the
Conference tournament. Midlothian
would come up just short in the end,
as the Hawks won a 3-2 nail biter.
“Qualifying for regionals was one
of my favorite memories of the season.
Glen Allen has beaten us in the
post season the past two years. It felt
so good to finally beat them where it
mattered. Now we’ve got our minds
set on States,” junior Lee Olenyik said.
With a Hawk victory in the Conference
Championship, they sealed
a first place seed in Regionals, giving
them homecourt advantage. The
Hawks faced Maggie Walker first.
Although Hanover started off slow,
they finished the game with defiance,
winning 3-0 and securing a spot in the
The Hawks were set to face Midlothian
once again. The Hawks got off
to a quick start as they went up 2-0,
thanks to their dominating front
court and homecourt advantage.
Unfortunately, the Hawks would
go on to lose 3-2 due to a lack of momentum
after the second set. The
Hawks earned themselves a State
Tournament appearance and the honor
of knowing they were the first Hanover
Boys Volleyball team to make it
to the State Tournament.
“It’s an unreal feeling to know
that we were the first boys’ volleyball
team to make it to States. All season,
our ultimate goal has been to win a
State Championship and [we were]
only two games away from the title,”
senior captain Eliott Sledd said.
The Hawks traveled to Chesapeake,
Virginia, to face Deep Creek
in the State Semifinals. This match
proved to only be a minor speed
bump as the Hawks won 3-0. Now,
the Hawks would be playing in the
State Championship playoff game
against Midlothian, for the third time
The Siegel Center was rocking as
the student sections from both schools
piled in to prepare for a nasty match
up. You could feel the tension rising
in the room between the two teams
as they took the court. From the first
serve, no point came easy. Bodies
were diving and emotions were flying.
But unfortunately, in the end,
the Hawks would come up just short
in the fifth set as they lost 3-2.
“I’m so proud of my team for making
it as we did. Even if we weren’t
able to come home with a first place
trophy. No one believed we would
make it that far, but we did, and it was
an experience I will never forget,” junior
Taylor Rudd said.