HAMPTON — The first two sets went in the books for Hampton fairly easily Thursday night. Set three was a different story.
The Hawks hosted Nebraska Lutheran in volleyball and while Hampton won 3-0 the match was anything but routine.
Hampton started set one with a run to 10-3 on a kill by Cami Roehrs. The Hawks got help before that on kills from Hannah Carlson, Teya Mason and Hannah Bamesberger.
A push kill from Bamesberger and two spike kills, also from the senior, ran the score to 16-7.
The Knights got a ninth point tip kill from Elizabeth Homp and a kill for point 10 from Kaylyn Beiermann, but by then the Hawks were already sitting at 23. Two kills in a row by Roehrs put the lid on game one, 25-10.
In game two it was Mason who hit the gas pedal with back-to-back aces that put her Hawks ahead 5-0. A Roehrs ace serve and successive kills from Carlson made it 17-5 and Hampton was in full throttle mode again.
A kill and two aces from Roehrs, all in a row, closed out the Knight 25-7.
Then it was Lutheran's turn.
In game three the Knights went up 9-8 on a kill by Homp and 14-12 after successive Julia Owen ace serves.
The Hawks answered with three aces in a row from Carlson. That made it 18-17 in favor of Hampton and the battle was joined.
After yet another Roehrs kill Coach Matt Willems of Lutheran called for time, but when play resumed Hampton got the point after a long rally on a kill by Bamesberger. A Mason kill made it 21-17 Hampton, but the Knights weren't ready to surrender just yet.
Lutheran fought back to lead 24-23 before Mason's kill tied it at 24. Owen got a kill and Lutheran was at set point again, 25-24. This time Hampton's Carlson provided the set saving kill, but then the Hawks served long and it was 26-25 Knights.
Again Carlson tied it, then put Hampton up 27-26 with her second kill in a row. The donnybrook finally ended when a Lutheran attack failed to clear the net, 28-26.
The Hawks took the win despite the absence of Kaylnn Dahlke who is out with a leg injury.
Carlson had 10 kills on 18-22 hitting and Roehrs was 14-17, eight kills. Bamesberger hit 12 of her 14 attacks with seven kills. Mason's kill total was five on 13-17 hitting.
Carlson recorded five ace serves and 16 total points. Mason was credited with four aces and Bamesberger served three. Bamesberger was also 51-51 setting with 21 assists.
Dig totals were 12 for Mason, nine for Bamesberger and eight each for Carlson, Roehrs and Brittany Dose. Bamesberger, Carlson and Haley Schulze had two, one and one blocks.
The Hawks, now 20-4, will next see action at the CRC Tournament at the York City Auditorium.
Match stats were not available by press deadline for Nebraska Lutheran which is now 7-11. The Knights next action comes at Cedar Bluffs in the Frontier Conference Tournament.