Six seniors on Hanahan High School’s volleyball team have the Lady Hawks rounding into form as the regular season runs into the playoffs later this month.
Hanahan coasted past Fort Dorchester in four games on Oct. 8. It was the type of performance Hanahan has delivered many times this fall as it improved its overall record to 15-3.
“We executed our defense and our coverage the way we wanted to, which is what we’ve been pushing all season,” first-year Hanahan coach Sheena Lanham said. “You’ve got to cover behind your hitter, cover behind your blocker and move your feet.”
Offensively, many times it was a case of tapping it where the Lady Patriots weren’t.
“They pushed into those open positions,” Lanham said. “We got a lot of points just playing the ball to the open sports on the court.”
The Lady Hawks have lost twice to perennial power Bishop England in region play so they’re looking at a second-place finish in the region at best, which would come with at least one home playoff game.
The Class 3A playoffs open Oct. 24.
The half dozen seniors are aiming to make it a postseason to remember. The group is OH/S Marley Owens, DS/OH Ellie Jansen, MH Brooke Vorhis, MH Tyler Henderson, OH Aliyah Sweat and L Megan Varn.
“They’ve been playing volleyball for a long time,” Lanham said. “The younger girls on the team rally behind them. The power and skill we have on this team can take us all the way to the championship and we can bring the championship back home. It’s all about our mindset and our focus. Right now, these 13 girls overall have it. We’re finishing out the regular season but we’re looking at the big trophy this year.”
Owens leads the team in kills and assists and Jansen has the most digs.
Lanham likes the team chemistry, too.
“You have to have a group of well-rounded young ladies focused on winning,” she said. “That’s what I have here.”
On the team's senior night Oct. 9, Hanahan blanked Georgetown to improve to 16-3.