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September 15, 2014

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Congratulations to Dominique Mason who was named to the Blinn Invitational All-tourney team. Way to go, Dom!

September 14, 2014

The Lady Hawks return from Blinn College battle tested. "In my opinion, we're all chasing Blinn and Tyler," said Larkin. "Our results versus Tyler and Blinn were on par with Salt Lake and Hill. I felt like we missed an opportunity versus Hill and could have competed more fiercely against Salt Lake," continued Larkin. The Lady Hawks took a tough 5-set loss to Hill after rallying back from 2 sets down. HCC jumped out on Salt Lake taking set 1 easily but gave away momentum and ultimately the match.

"Dominique was our most consistent performer and grew in leaps and bounds. Antia and Cherlie were steady and certainly have more to give, and I felt Erika showed some swagger coming out aggressively versus Blinn." The setting load fell to Natalie with Shayna out with injury.

"Natalie was an OH her whole life. Her progress will take a little time, but soon, she will be an unbelievable talent at the setting position," commented Larkin. "We are a work in progress, but this event was the best possible preparation for the conference season."

HCC is 4-8 right now, but results in conference are the key to reaching the post season. The Lady Hawks have one full week of practice before facing conference foes.

"Our team became closer in Texas and is beginning to understand our expectations. I enjoy watching us grow from week to week," concluded Larkin.

September 6, 2014

HCC goes 1-1 at the Daytona State Tri-match. The Lady hawks swept Webber JV in the first match. HCC then faced the formidable host whom the Hawks beat in 3 at home last weekend. This time the Falcons won in 4. The highlight for the Hawks was a 10-point comeback on the heels of 4 blocks to rally back and take set 2. "We battled today. At times the moment is still too big for my freshmen, but we showed glimpses of excellence," said Coach Larkin. "Daytona is experienced and balanced. This type of match accelerates our growth." The Lady Hawks dropped to 3-4 overall. "We will train hard this week. Perhaps we can afford to taper our training later in the year, but for now it is all about getting after it in the practice gym," added Larkin. Standout performances included Dominique Mason's 16 kills and Antia Rodriguez's 15 kills vs Daytona State.

HCC travels to Blinn in Texas on Thursday evening.
 

September 3, 2014

The Lady Hawks suffered its most lopsided defeat at Pasco State College in 5 years, getting swept in straight sets even though HCC had the lead late in the first two sets. "It was humbling," said Coach Larkin. "Losses seem to be taken in stride. We're teaching work ethic, passion, and commitment right now. Technique and tactics will have to wait." HCC next plays a tri-match at Daytona on Friday. Clearly my staff and I need to do better.  It all starts with us, and we have to find solutions.

August 30, 2014

#9 Lady Hawks go 2-2 on their opening weekend. "We ended the weekend starting 6 freshmen. Their ceiling is high, but we lack toughness, discipline, and the fundamental skills required for each position. It'll take time, but we'll get there. I've been spoiled with a few returning starters each year. I haven't had to work like this in a while, so I told my family I'd see them at Thanksgiving," joked Larkin.

HCC started strong beating SPC and regional power Daytona on day 1, but showed their lack of experience by dropping a match to PBSC and a 5-set match to CF.

"As soon as we put our teammates and the program ahead of ourselves, we'll start to become the team I know we can be," said Larkin. "It will be a ton of work but with a great reward at the end."

HCC plays at PHSC Wednesday night at 7pm.
 

July 31, 2014

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 Thank you to our participants at the 2014 HCC Team Camp. We really enjoyed working with you all. Have terrific seasons!

And congratulations to Manatee HS who won the mini/tournament on Day 4!

 

July 9, 2014

"Thanks to al who participated in summer league and congratulations to Bloomingdale High School for winning 1st place!  Also congrats to 2nd place Durant High School and 3rd place King High School.  Great job everybody!"

July 8, 2014

HCC All-American Rachel Powell gets hitched!  Congratulations Rachel!!

 

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July 2, 2014

 

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Camper's at Larkin's Setting School display their leadership!

June 27, 2014

 

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 Max Attack Campers getting ready to start their last session!  "Choosey Mothers Choose Jiff" peanut butter...and HCC Volleyball Camps.

 

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 HCC Campers enjoy SR and Dirsty Defense Camp.  The staff was VERY impressed!

June 12, 2014 

 

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HCC camps started with a bang! All had fun at the All Skills Boot Camp. The girls worked hard, and we are very proud of them. We even made time for a Frozen singing contest :)

June 7, 2014

 

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HCC Volleyball volunteers at MacDill AIr Force Base.

Players and coaches enjoyed giving their time to the children of our military personnel. It was fitting as it was June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day and our landing in Normandy. There were some future stars out there for sure!

May 9, 2014 

HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Shayna Filipelli setter from Mitchell High School. "We know Shayna well from the club circuit. She was coached hard by her club coach Doug Chinchar, so her toughness will fit in with our program nicely," said Larkin. Shayna provides competition and depth at a position of need after the graduation of Mariam Maldonado and Carmen Fernandez who moved on to NCAA institutions. Welcome to the Hawks family!

April 30, 2014 

 

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Eight Lady Hawk volleyball players will leave HCC and compete for 4-year colleges and universities. "Our job is to academically and athletically prepare our student athletes for the next challenge," said Larkin. "This is how we measure ourselves as a program. It's a happy day, and we are so proud of these girls." The whole HCC community would like to congratulate these talented student athletes and wish them the best in the future.

April 28, 2014

 

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Congratulations to Becca Conrad who has committed to play for the Grand Canyon University Sand Team. "Becca is an avid beach player; it runs in her family. This is an excellent opportunity," explained Larkin, "because there aren't many sand scholarships out there yet. We are extremely proud of her." Congratulations Becca! Go Lopes!    

April 25, 2014

The Lady Hawks are pleased to announce the commitment of Britney Powell from George Jenkins High School. Britney is a former softball player whose love for volleyball brought her back to the sport. "Britney is a hard worker who is excited for the opportunity," said Larkin. "Her athleticism and determination drew us to her. My staff loved her right away." Britney is the 12th player to sign on to the 2014 roster.  Welcome.

April 24, 2014

HCC is pleased to announce the commitment of Dominique Mason from Chicago, IL. Dominique is an 5'10" OH. "When we met Dominique, we knew she should be a Lady Hawk," explained Larkin. "She has a wonderful way about her that will mesh terrifically with our team. On the court, she lights up, exerts herself, and gets after it!"

Welcome to the family, Dominique!
 

April 14, 2014

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The Lady Hawks lend a hand! HCC volleyball players visited the Roland Park Dragons to help them prepare for their next match. Coach Eric has done a great job with the Dragons, and the HCC players had so much fun working with the girls. They can't wait to go back!

April 14, 2014

The Lady Hawks competed at the Fiesta on Siesta college Beach volleyball tournament. The Lady Hawks posted a stellar 16-4 team record. All teams went 3-1 except the trio of Carmen, Kim, and Jo who were undefeated. It was an impressive end to a spring beach season that included an undefeated dual match record. We're all very proud of the players and enjoyed seeing them enjoy the beach season. On Tuesday night, the entire athletic department will attend the annual sports banquet. The year went by too quickly!

April 11, 2014

The Lady Hawks receive a commitment from 6'2" MB Aira Hanson from Rockford, IL. "We are very pleased to pick up Aira," explained Coach Larkin. "Aira has tremendous upside. She understands and applies coaching easily. If she works hard like we expect her to, she will take a giant leap in development during her time here." Aira is the 11th commitment for the 2014 Hawks, who anticipate a couple more signings before the recruiting season is over.

April 4, 2014

Welcome Sophia!

 

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The Lady Hawks are pleased to announce the commitment of Sophia Baehr 6-foot RS/MB from Germany. Sophia is versatile player that can play multiple positions. "Sophia is a great addition to our roster," said Larkin. "She is an excellent net presence with good blocking instincts. She hits a heavy ball and has the ability to ball handle and play 6-rotations as needed. We loved her commitment to the sport and maturity. She will fit in nicely with our volleyball family." The entire HCC community would like to welcome Sophia. Congratulations!

 

March 29, 2014

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The Lady Hawks are pleased to announce the addition of Assistant Coach Danielle Priest. Danielle is an HCC alumna who graduated in 2010 and played on two of HCC's top performing teams. She was part of two Conference Championships, 2 Gulf District Championships, and 2 NJCAA national championships appearances (2008 and 2009).

After HCC, Danielle played a season at FAU and also spent time on the Florida Wave professional indoor team. Danielle graduated form USF with a BA in Business Management.

"Danielle understands our culture at HCC; that is most important," said Larkin. "Being a middle blocker, she will attend to that position in our training gym, and her varied playing experiences and life experiences will be useful as she mentors our student athletes," continued Larkin. "She is an outstanding addition."

From the whole HCC community, Welcome home!

March 26, 2014   

 

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Congratulations to Abbie O'Ferrell who signed with the Lady Hawks. Abbie is a 5'11" OH from southwest Florida. "Abbie is a coach's daughter; we love that at HCC," said Larkin. "Abbie has excellent hand contact, an array of shots, and a high vball IQ. She'll fit in nicely with our philosophy." Welcome to the HCC family, Abbie!

March 26, 2014

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Congratulations to Mariam Maldonado who has committed to play for Flagler College. Mariam was the 2013 MVP of the FCSAA State Championship. "Mariam really connected with the assistant coaches, the college, and St. Augustine," explained Larkin. "Upon meeting the head coach, it didn't take long for her to decide." We're very proud of you, Mariam. Good luck!

 

March 21, 2014

 

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HCC finishes the beach regular season undefeated for the first time! Mariam and Shelby as well as Antia and Fasa won all matches and Andy and Becca only lost two in the #1 spot. All pairs were amazing and it was a lot of fun! Go Hawks!

March 17, 2014

 

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Congratulations to Andrea Tauai who has committed to New Mexico State in the WAC Conference.  "Andy brings so many things to the table; she's going to be a tremendous asset for the Aggies," commented Larkin.  "When she returned from her visit, she lit up, so we weren't surprised."  We're proud of you, Andy!  Good Luck!

March 4, 2014

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The Lady Hawks are please to announce the signing of libero Cherlie Adorno. Cherlie comes to HCC by way of Puerto Rico. "Cherlie meshed with our team immediately," explained Larkin. "She has solid fundamentals and confident leadership qualities, which will bolster our back court defense."

Welcome to the Hawks family, Cherlie!

February 17, 2014

 

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HCC Volleyball is pleased to announce that MB Shelby Walker has committed to play at Ohio University. "Ohio is a top 25 team and has recently controlled the MAC Conference, earning bids to the NCAA national Championships," commented Larkin. "Shelby is excited for the challenge and the opportunity." Way to go, Shelby! We're proud of you.

 

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The Lady Hawks wish to announce libero Nicole Gonzalez's commitment to current NAIA National Champion University of Texas at Brownsville. "UT-Brownsville is a top program in the country," said Larkin. "They don't plan to win; they expect to win. Fasa and her intensity will fit in perfectly." Way to go, Nicole! We're proud of you.

February 13, 2014

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The Lady Hawks are proud to announce that sophomore libero Kim Valverde has accepted a roster spot at University of Tampa. It was Kim's desire to stay in Tampa for her bachelor's degree. We are very proud of her for this achievement. We will be cheering you on in 2015 as UT makes a run at a national championship. 

 

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Congratulations!  HCC Volleyball is also pleased to announce that freshman MB Katora Roberts has accepted a scholarship to play for Albany State University in Georgia. We are sad to see her leave, but Katora will be close to family and on her way to her 4-yr degree.  Way to go, Katora!

February 3, 2014

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Congratulations to Rachell Vargas-Comme from Southwest Senior HS in Miami, FL who has committed to play for the Lady Hawks. "Rachell is a very instinctive blocker and a great athlete," explained Larkin. "We really enjoyed getting to know her. Her competitive spirit will fit nicely with our team." Welcome to the Hawks family!

January 21, 2014

 

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HCC Lady Hawks Volleyball is pleased to announce the signing of Erika Zembyla.  Welcome to HCC Erika!

January 9, 2014

 

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Congratulations to Nicole Higgins who has accepted a scholarship to East Carolina University, beginning this January! Nicole is excited to become a pirate and has been busy preparing for the move. "Nicole was an amazing Captain and leader in our program," said Larkin. "We're so proud of her and excited to see her compete at the next level."

December 29, 2013

 

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HCC is excited announce the commitment of OH/MB Erika Zembyla from Cyprus. Erika has competed on the Cyprus women's national and junior national teams and competed as her country's #1 beach team. "As we got to know Erika better, we understood that she is driven and goal-oriented," said Larkin. "We believe her competitive spirit and poised on-court demeanor are a natural fit for HCC." Welcome to the Lady Hawk family!

December 24, 2013

HCC signed S/OH Natalie Colon. Natalie comes to us from Puerto Rico by way of Blinn College where she redshirted. "Natalie will begin training as a setter immediately," explained Larkin. "She has the maturity, intangibles, and athleticism to play the position. We are excited to start her journey as a setter."

HCC also added redshirt freshman Heather Getman to the roster. She comes to HCC from CSI and St. James, FL. "Heather is tenacious in her pursuit of her goals," remarked Larkin. "I believe she will be 'all in' when it comes to training and development."

The Lady Hawks welcome the two newest members to the HCC Volleyball family.

"These are two wonderful Christmas presents."


December 5, 2013

 Congratulations Andy!!

Congratulations to Andrea Tauai who was named 1st Team All-American. She is HCC Volleyball's 6th All-American since 2006. "She is a credit to Junior College Volleyball," said Larkin. "Players like her make coaches look smart."

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November 26, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS COACH LARKIN!!

AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year -  NJCAA Division I

In his 11th year as the head coach of Hillsborough Community College, Larkin has continued to run one of the top programs in NJCAA’s Division I.  In 2013, the No. 5 seed Lady Hawks finished third in the National Championships after defeating Salt Lake in five sets.  Outside hitter Andrea Tauai garnered All-Tournament honors after smashing 23 kills on .400 hitting with 11 digs in the third place match.  The 41 victories recorded at the helm of the Lady Hawks is the highest win total since 2006 when his squad notched 39 victories, and is 12 more than a year ago that saw them finish with a 29-14 record.  This is the third AVCA Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor for Larkin after winning it in 2008 and 2012.   

November 24, 2013

Final Report from the 2013 NJCAA D-I National Championships in Casper, WY

It's 4am, and the 2013 Lady Hawks are currently sleeping on a bus from Casper, WY to the Denver airport in order fly back to the Florida sunshine. The team will return not only with their gear, but also with a piece of history.

HCC came back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Salt Lake Community College 15-3 in the decisive 5th set to win the 3rd place match. "Finishing 3rd in the nation is so good!" exclaimed MB Joahnnie Astacio-Rivera.

"When we walked by the trophy table during warm-ups, our team noticed their was no trophy for 4th place," explained Larkin. "After that they were like a pitbull on a ham sandwich."

The Lady Hawks defeated perennial national powers Missouri State-West Plains, Iowa Western Community College, and Salt Lake Community College on route to 3rd place. Their sole defeat was to eventual champion Blinn College.

"Coming back from 0-2 to dominate the way we did shows tremendous character," said Larkin. "I was so happy to see them play their best volleyball at the time it was needed most. You could see the respect in the eyes of their peers and the other coaches."

"It is a special accomplishment for these student athletes. They train relentlessly; they juggle school work in hotel lobbies; they monitor their diets; they play through aches and pains, and they make personal sacrifices," continued Larkin. "There is no special treatment or allowances made by the college or by my staff. They earn everything they get. And that's why they will be successful later in life."

Andrea Tauai was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row. "She does it all for us," explained Associate Head Coach Monica Medvid. "She terminates, blocks, passes, digs, leads... she fills up the stat sheet every night."

When asked about winning the prestigious honor for the 2nd year in a row, Andrea commented, "It's a team sport. I can't win this without all of my amazing teammates. The 3rd place finish is what's important to us-- that and sharing it with our families, friends, and fans who stayed up to midnight to watch us play."

The volleyball memories weren't the only memories made. The Lady Hawks were treated to some Wyoming hospitality, a trip up Casper Mountain, and some snowmobiling and sledding. Sophomore Becca Conrad (Ohio native and one of the few players used to the snow) said, "They were so great to invite us to their home and treat us so nicely. We made memories that will last a lifetime." When libero Fasa Gonzalez from Puerto Rico was asked about the snow, she said, "It's so cold. It's a lot like ice only softer and a lot like water only harder... I don't know... I guess some like to live in it, but I WON'T. I think I'll just visit it."

Assistant Coach Breviario like Medvid played for the Lady Hawks. Neither played in the national championships, but now they regularly help lead HCC teams to the tournament. Assistant Coach, Alyssa Breviario, commented. "I missed making it to nationals by one year as a player. It is so rewarding to be a part of HCC history now as a coach."

The Lady Hawks finish 41-5 and with a conference championship, district championship, state championship, and a 3rd place finish in the nation. Not too shabby, ladies...

What's next for the Lady Hawks? Turkey and a lot of school work probably.

"The 2014 campaign starts tomorrow," said Larkin. "Tonight I'll celebrate with my family and a couple of donuts."

November 10, 2013   

HCC finishes as THE BEST TEAM in the state! The day started with a 4-set win over a gritty FSCJ team coached by the magician Jose Rivera. "Jose pulled out all the stops. We had chess pieces all over the board, but our girls adapted and survived," said Larkin. The Hawks were led by Andy Tauai's 18 kills and .550 hitting %. Antia Rodriguez chipped in with 11, hitting .450, and Shelby Walker added 11 hitting .430. The team totaled 14 blocks, and Kim Valverde led with 16 digs. With the win, HCC punched their ticket to Casper and the NJCAA National Championships, and gave Larkin win number 300.

"So many of our ex-players made the drive up to share in the moment. It was so special," said Larkin. Associate head coach Monica Medvid said, "It's an HCC thing. We're a family... forever."

After CFC got past a tough SCF team from the Suncoast Conference, HCC faced off with them for the FSCAA state championship. "Lonnie and his terrific team from SCF chopped some wood for us," explained Larkin. "They gave CFC all they could handle."

HCC was to meet CFC for the 4th time. HCC won two and lost one. "I'm a horrible coach in the state final," said Larkin. "My goal to to put the girls on the big stage at nationals, we accomplished that by beating FSCJ. The state final is icing on the cake and is all about their will and drive."

Captain Andy Tauai said, "Our team motto was enterprise because 'we'll pick you up.' We knew coach trusted us and that we had it in us. I'm so proud of my teammates."

Well, HCC had the drive and determination. They grinded out tough sets, mounted comebacks, and played aggressively when it mattered most. Tournament MVP Mariam Maldonado led the Hawks with 53 assists, 8 kills, 1.5 blocks, and an ace. Andy Tauai tallied 19 kills, hitting .370, and Shelby Walker posted 13 kills and 6 blocks.

All tied up at two sets apiece, the Lady Hawks jumped out to a 4-1 lead in set 5 and never looked back. HCC prevailed 15-12 to win their second state championship and 6th trip to the national championships.

Nicole Higgins, Antia Rodriguez, and  Andy Tauai were named to the All-state Tournament Team. Setter Mariam Maldonado was named Tournament MVP. Coach Larkin was named FCSAA State Coach of the Year.

"The girls developed character today that will stay with them forever," reflected Larkin. "I'm so impressed by these 13 young women. They epitomize what it is to be a student athlete. Pride isn't a strong enough word for what I feel."

When asked how she feels about the trip to Casper, Freshman lieutenant Erin Wibert said, "Giddyup!"

When asked if HCC has what it takes to make a run at a national championship, Carmen Fernandez said, "If we can survive Becca's dancing and Mari and Fasa's singing on the bus, we can do anything."

HCC will travel Tuesday the 19th. All matches be will online. Girls, get your earmuffs and mittens!

November 9 , 2013   

Step 2. Check. The Lady Hawks swept SCF in a tough 2nd round match. "The Suncoast Conference is ridiculous. I respect those teams and coaches, but seriously, it's OK if we don't see each other for a while," joked Larkin. "Now we have to turn our attention to Jax or Indian River."

HCC was led by Nicole Higgins's 10.5 points and Andy Tauai's 12 points.  In set 1, Tessa Moeller came off the bench and took some big swings for the Hawks to aid in a pivotal comeback. "In our first timeout of set 2, our girls contemplated the strategy of totally freaking out," said Larkin. "I told them it was an interesting plan, but that chaos and insanity wasn't the best course of action at this time."
In set 3, the Lady Hawks controlled tempo on the heels of 5 total blocks in the set. When asked about the blocking in set  3, Shelby Walker said, "Our blocking is sick."

HCC plays for a bid to the national championships Sunday at 9:30.

 

November 9, 2013

HCC takes down Polk for the 4th straight time to advance to round 2. The Lady Hawks were led by Mariam Maldonado who posted 11 kills and a block and Nicole Higgins who posted 9 kills and 2 blocks in the sweep. HCC will face SCF at 10am.

In other news Andy Tauai and Shelby Walker were named to the All-state team. "The individual awards are wonderful and deserved, but we are here for a bigger prize," explained Larkin. "Our players understand that."

All state matches may be viewed at psblive.com.

October 29, 2013

Congrats to Andy Tauai for being named Suncoast Conference Player of the Year. Joining her on 1st Team All-Conference are Shelby Walker, Mariam Maldonado, and Nicole Higgins. Players named to 2nd Team All-Conference include Carmen Fernandez and Antia Rodriguez.
Way to go, ladies!

Coach Larkin was named Conference Coach of the Year despite protests by HCC equipment manager Kiki Keller and HCC trainer Ernie Black...

"Individual rewards reflect team play," explained Larkin. "Our players understand that."

It is the third straight year (Rachel Powell '11, Jenna Kirkwood '12) that an HCC player was named conference player of the year.

"Coach awards, on the other hand, are a reflection of unique and dynamic leadership by extraordinary individuals," joked Larkin. "Seriously, this team has made me look smart all year. When they start steering the ship, then I know I have something special."

 

October 25, 2013

With the home schedule nearly complete, the Lady Hawk Volleyball Team would like to sincerely thank SGA for their wonderful game day promotions and kind gestures toward our players. In addition, we wish to thank all the wonderful fans that provided a true home court advantage including Henry the Hawk, the SGA fan mob, all the HCC sports teams, and of course family and friends. We will continue to do our best to make you all proud!
 

October 25, 2013

Lady Hawks prevail on sophomore night 3-0 vs PHCC. HCC saw contributions from all 8 sophomores. "It was nice to see them out there competing and winning together," said Larkin. "There were a lot of families in stands beaming with pride." The Hawks were led by Andy Tauai's 16 points and Shelby Walker's 13 points.

#4 HCC hosts #6 IWCC Friday at 1:30pm at HCC.

October 23, 2013

Congratulations Andy!! Selected as FCSAA Offensive Player of the Week AND NJCAA Player of the Week!!  

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Andrea Tauai (So, Tauranga, New Zealand) a 5’9” outside hitter from (#4) Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week for the third time. Tauai had 54 kills (4.15/set) while hitting 0.465 as the Lady Hawks went 5-0. She added 45 digs (3.46/set), 9 blocks and 2 aces. She is currently ranked 10th in the nation (njcaa.org) for kills with 402, 14th for kills per set with 3.83 and 10th for points with 478.5.

October 19, 2013   

The #4 Lady Hawks win 4 more at Lake Sumter State College. The 2013 Hawks achieved another first: 30 wins in the regular season.

HCC opened against NJCAA DIII power Ridgewater from Minnesota. The Hawks prevailed in straight sets, recording 20 total blocks. Shelby Walker had 4.5, Andy Tauai had 4, Nicole Higgins had 4, and Mariam Maldonado had 3.

The Hawks then defeated Pensacola State 3-0, hitting .490 as a team. Andy hit .770 and Shelby hit .640.

On Saturday, HCC posted a 3-1 win against St. John's River State College. The Lady Hawks saw contributions from all players. Carmen Fernandez posted 27 of a team total 104 digs.

Finally, to earn their 30th win, HCC held off a feisty Eastern Florida State College, sweeping them in 3. The team tallied 8 aces, including 2 each from Andy, Madi, and Shelby.

"We had some fun together as a team this weekend. The Suncoast Conference Season is pretty stressful, so it was nice to just play for the love of the game again. Now we're all excited to continue training for our final push to states," said Larkin.

HCC is 30-2, 8-0.

Come and celebrate sophomore night with the Lady Hawks Thursday night at 7pm vs PHCC.

October 17, 2013   

In the their first match of the week, the Lady Hawks defeated #17 SCF-Manatee in straight sets in the conference finale. HCC went undefeated in conference play on the way to a second straight conference title. The first two sets were tight, but the Lady Hawks played with poise and confidence winning 25-21 and 25-23 before closing out the Manatees 25-9. "The gym was electric tonight," said Larkin. "SGA, Henry the Hawk, and the baseball team really energized our team."

Andrea Tauai had 14 kills and middle blockers Shelby Walker and Nicole Higgins combined for 13 kills and 3.5 blocks. Reigning state player of the week Mariam Maldonado dished out 29 assists and posted 8 kills and 3 blocks including an emphatic solo block at match point. HCC travels to Lake Sumter State College for an Invitational Tournament Friday morning.

October 16, 2013

Congratulations to Mariam Maldonado who was selected as FCSAA Player of the Week!!

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Mariam Maldonado (So, Arecibo, Puerto Rico) a 5’9” setter from (#2) Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week. She is the first setter to be chosen as the player of the week. Maldonado was the center of a Lady Hawk attack that went 4-1 this week. The sophomore totaled 232 assists during that five-match stretch, averaging 11.05 per set. She had 25 kills with a .362 hitting percentage and 6 aces. On defense, she had 54 digs (2.57/set) with a total of 19 blocks. She is currently ranked 12th in the nation (njcaa.org) for total sets with 875 and 17th in assists per set with 9.62. - See more at: http://www.thefcsaa.com/fcsaa-awards-2#sthash.dLyIPqBN.dpuf
Mariam Maldonado (So, Arecibo, Puerto Rico) a 5’9” setter from (#2) Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week. She is the first setter to be chosen as the player of the week. Maldonado was the center of a Lady Hawk attack that went 4-1 this week. The sophomore totaled 232 assists during that five-match stretch, averaging 11.05 per set. She had 25 kills with a .362 hitting percentage and 6 aces. On defense, she had 54 digs (2.57/set) with a total of 19 blocks. She is currently ranked 12th in the nation (njcaa.org) for total sets with 875 and 17th in assists per set with 9.62. - See more at: http://www.thefcsaa.com/fcsaa-awards-2#sthash.dLyIPqBN.dpuf

 

Mariam Maldonado (So, Arecibo, Puerto Rico) a 5’9” setter from (#2) Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week. She is the first setter to be chosen as the player of the week. Maldonado was the center of a Lady Hawk attack that went 4-1 this week. The sophomore totaled 232 assists during that five-match stretch, averaging 11.05 per set. She had 25 kills with a .362 hitting percentage and 6 aces. On defense, she had 54 digs (2.57/set) with a total of 19 blocks. She is currently ranked 12th in the nation (njcaa.org) for total sets with 875 and 17th in assists per set with 9.62. - See more at: http://www.thefcsaa.com/fcsaa-awards-2#sthash.dLyIPqBN.dpuf

Mariam Maldonado (So, Arecibo, Puerto Rico) a 5’9” setter from (#2) Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week. She is the first setter to be chosen as the player of the week. Maldonado was the center of a Lady Hawk attack that went 4-1 this week. The sophomore totaled 232 assists during that five-match stretch, averaging 11.05 per set. She had 25 kills with a .362 hitting percentage and 6 aces. On defense, she had 54 digs (2.57/set) with a total of 19 blocks. She is currently ranked 12th in the nation (njcaa.org) for total sets with 875 and 17th in assists per set with 9.62.   

 

October 15, 2013

Congratulations to Shelby Walker and Andy Tauai for being selected to theTournament of Champions All Tournament Team!

October 13, 2013

The Lady Hawks went 3-1 at the Jacksonville Tournament of Champions to go to 25-2. "It's been a busy week, but the added stress on the team is building character," explained Larkin. "I like where we are right now. Some players are poised to turn a corner."

Nicole Gonzalez served tough against Pensacola tallying 4 aces on way to a 3-0 sweep of the Pirates. Against Palm Beach, Mariam Maldonado kept the Panthers off balance by spreading the ball around to multiple attackers and securing a second sweep. The team posted 11 total blocks.

On Saturday, after going up 2-1 against CFC, the Lady Hawks gave up sets 4 and 5 to suffer their second defeat of the season. It was the 3rd meeting between HCC and CFC in 2013; HCC leads the series 2-1. "CFC wanted it more than us today," said Larkin. "I'm not sure our team liked how that loss felt. I suspect it was a powerful lesson." Shelby Walker had 18.5 points and Andrea Tauai had 22.5 points to lead the Hawks.

In the final match, HCC faced Polk State for the 3rd time. The Lady Hawks swept the Eagles for the 2nd time in 48 hours. Andrea Tauai hit .520 in the match to lead HCC.

When asked what the team needs to do in training next week, freshman OH Antia Rodriguez noted, "We must train like it could be taken away from us. Without volleyball, there would be no joy."

On Thursday, HCC hosts SCF with the conference championship on the line. HCC will "white out the gym," so wear your white! Play begins at 7pm.

October 11, 2013

Lady Hawk Volleyball would like to thank the college for a great pep rally at Hawks Landing and the great turnout for the Polk State rivalry match. Even the Hawk took time out of his busy schedule to pump up the fans. HCC won in straight sets. The Hawks were led by setter Mariam Maldonado and libero Carmen Fernandez. Top point scorers include Shelby Walker who hit .422 and Andy Tauai who posted 13 kills. The team posted 12 blocks. HCC travels to Jacksonville in the morning for the Tournament of Champions. First match is 3pm.

"We will be tested this weekend. I'm looking forward to building character and dealing with adversity," explained Larkin. "It's all about getting better.

"Frosh MB Joahnnie Astacio added, "If you can't run with the big dogs, they you need to stay on the porch. We like running with the big dogs." 

The Hawks are 22-1, 7-0.

October 9 , 2013

HCC moves up to 2nd in the nation! In the latest poll, HCC moved up one spot to 2nd. "We have a challenging week ahead of us. We're excited to battle. Our players learn and grow from every opportunity," explained Larkin. "It's a lot of fun." Last night in Avon Park, HCC defeated SFSC in 4 sets to go 6-0 in conference. The Lady Hawks saw strong contributions from Katora Roberts, Antia Rodriguez, and Joahnnie Astacio. On Thursday night, HCC plays Polk State at home at 7pm. Wear your pink to support breast cancer awareness.

October 8, 2013

Congratulations to Andy Tauai!!

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Andrea Tauai (So, Tauranga, New Zealand) a 5’9” outside hitter from (#3) Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week.  The sophomore was a contributor on both sides of the ball with 60 kills (3.75/set), .328 hitting percentage and 4 aces.  On defense, Tauai had 52 digs (3.25/set) with a total of 10 blocks.  The Lady Hawks had a perfect 4-0 record.  She is currently ranked 14th in the nation (njcaa.org) for kills per set with 3.86 and 12th for points per set with 4.7.  This is her second time being chosen as the player of the week for the state of Florida.  During week 5, she was also chosen as the NJCAA Division I volleyball Player of the Week.

October 4, 2013

The Lady Hawks win two more to go to 20-1 on the season.

HCC defeated Eastern Florida State in straight sets. The Hawks were led by Shelby Walker's 15.5 points and by Andy Tauai's 12 points. In the second match, the Hawks took down Webber International JV in straight sets as well. HCC was led by Tessa Moeller's 10 points and Becca Conrad's 8.5 points. Carmen Fernandez averaged 15 digs per match, and Mariam Maldonado averaged 11 assists per set throughout the day. "Mariam and Carmen got after it today," said Larkin. Sophomore libero Fasa Gonzalez added, "Whoop, Whoop!"

HCC travels to South Florida State on Tuesday for a 7pm conference match.

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The Lady Hawks defeated SPC for the second time in conference play in a 5-set thriller. After going up 2-0, SPC rallied back to even the match at 2-2. HCC then settled down and pulled away with the score 10-10 to win 15-10. Andy Tauai posted 18 kills, 2.5 blocks, and an ace. Nicole Higgins posted 7 kills and 5.5 blocks, and setter Mariam Maldonado posted 9 kills, 1 block, an ace, and 13 digs. "It was another nail biter," said Larkin. "Our home crowd really energized us tonight. Mariam made some big plays at the end to seal the win." It is HCC's 11th straight win. The Hawks are 18-1 and 5-0 in conference play. HCC travels to Eastern Florida State for a tri-match on Friday.

October 2, 2013

The #3 Lady Hawks went on the road and defeated the #19 Manatees in a tough 5-setter. "Andy put us on her back tonight," explained Larkin. "I'm thrilled we came away with a win. SCF was great tonight." Andy Tauai had 25 kills, 3 aces, and 2.5 blocks. Nicole Higgins added 10 kills. "We're getting every opponent's best shot right now," continued Larkin.  "We have to measure up to the challenge." The Lady Hawks play SPC at home on Thursday night at 7pm. HCC moved to 17-1, 4-0 in conference play.

 

September 28, 2013

HCC returned from PHCC with another win Thursday night. The team was led by Andy Tauai who had 10 kills and 5 blocks and Shelby Walker who had 9 kills and 4 blocks. Setter Mariam Maldonado led the team in defense with 16 digs. (Who says setters don't play defense?!) "Some of Andy's solo blocks were reminiscent of the national championships last year," said Larkin. "It was impressive."

On Friday, the Hawks traveled to Daytona and faced Palm Beach in their first match. Nicole Higgins posted 6 kills on 9 attempts and added a block. In the next match against host Daytona State, the Lady Hawks got 10 kills from outside hitter Antia Rodriguez and 4 aces from Carmen Fernandez. "Nicole, Antia, and Carmen are hard workers. I was happy to see them all contribute. They are important pieces of our puzzle," explained Larkin.

When asked if there was any added pressure with the ranking of 3rd in the nation, Sophomore Shelby Walker said, "We usually have a bullseye anyway. Maybe it's bigger this year. We just focus on the match we're playing and supporting each other."

HCC plays conference rival SCF in Bradenton Tuesday night at 7pm.

September 27, 2013

The Lady Hawks would like to thank Kelly Ring and Fox 13 for coming out and visiting the team. Check out the great story if you haven't seen it. It was part of "What's Right in Tampa Bay." http://wtvt.m0bl.net/r/1nurni 

The student athletes had a blast sharing their story!

September 26, 2013

After being named FCSAA Player of the Week, Andy Tauai was named NJCAA National Player of the Week. Congratulations!!

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September 25, 2013

On the heels of a 4-set win against #16 Polk State, the Lady Hawks move up to 3rd place in the NJCAA National Poll. Way to go, ladies!

September 24, 2013

Since the last news post, the Hawks have been up to some winning. Last Thursday night, HCC defeated SPC 3-1 at SPC. The following morning the Hawks played host to IRSC and SJRSC. HCC defeated both teams in straight sets to go to 12-1, 2-0 in conference.

On Tuesday night, HCC faced conference rival Polk State at Polk State. "Polk is an excellent program with an excellent staff and players," said Larkin. "It's always fun and challenging to play them." HCC came out strong in set 1 winning 25-20. Polk battled back to even in 1 set apiece. In set 3, HCC battled to a 25-21 win. In set 4, The Lady Hawks took control and closed out the match 25-12.

"We learned a ton tonight," added Larkin. "We'll grow from this battle."

Reigning player of the week, Andy Tauai had 24 points, and Shelby Walker added 20.5 points.

Thanks to our local Lakeland fans for coming out and supporting the Hawks!

 

 

September 24, 2013

Congrats to Andy Tauai who was named the FCSAA state player of the week!

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September 21, 2013

Thank you to all the high school teams who participated in the Lady Hawk Invitational. Congratulations to Champion Durant High School coached by Brittany Wilson. Tournament MVPs are Durant's Lexi Thompson and Kelsey Morton. All tournament members include:
All tournament team:  Lakeland-Lexi Hicks, George Jenkins-Kaitlin Boyd, Durant-Annie Quinn, Steinbrenner-Lauren Heldt, Plant city-Noelle Dietrich, East Bay-Lauren Howell, Sickles-Lauryn Nelson, Manatee-Shannon Winder, and Bloomingdales-Karissa Rhoades
See you next year!   

September 20, 2013   

The Lady Hawks played its first match in front of the home crowd last night.  HCC prevailed in straight sets over South Florida State College. It was great to see members of SGA in the crowd. All-American alumnus, Madi Gonzalez was also in the crowd cheering on her sister Nicole. “Our team came out ready to play in front of the home fans,” said Larkin. “I think our students and fans were impressed by our team’s tenacity.” Hawk Radio and TV webcast the match, so that families could enjoy the match from their living rooms. The Lady Hawks were led by Andrea Tauai’s 4.5 blocks and 11 kills and Nicole Higgins  3.5 blocks and 9 kills. The team collected 12 total blocks and 56 digs. “When we are dialed in on defense, we can be frustrating to play against,” added Larkin. “Tonight we were tough defensively.” The Hawks are 10-1, 2-0 in conference,  and 4th in the NJCAA National Poll. HCC hosts IRSC and SJRSC on Friday at 10 and 2.

September 18 , 2013 

HCC moves up to 4th in the nation!

The Lady Hawks began conference play at SPC on Tuesday night.  The Hawks prevailed 3-1. “We’ve laid some eggs in this gym in the past; SPC plays very well with the home court advantage,” remarked Larkin. “We’re excited to start conference play 1-0.” HCC was led by Andrea Tauai’s 20 kills. Erin Wibert came off the bench to add 4 kills and a .570 hitting %. Shelby Walker and Nicole Higgins added 8 and 7 kills respectively, and Joahnnie Astacio posted a perfect line killing all 4 sets she was given. Tonight HCC scrimmages University of Tampa at Tampa at 7pm and then resumes conference play Thursday night at the home opener versus South Florida State College at 7pm. 

It was nice to see alumni families, the Binghams (Emily 2010) and the Kirkwoods (Jenna 2012) at SPC cheering on the Hawks.

September 13, 2013

The #6 Lady Hawks go into hostile territory and defeat #9 CFC in Ocala 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-14. "It's an emotional environment," said Coach Larkin. "The Patriot staff coaches with emotion; the Patriot players play with emotion; even the concession stand attendant sells hot dogs with emotion. Our players showed poise when it counted."

Andy Tauai led all scorers with 17 kills, and the team attacked .270 collectively. The team blocking, however, may have been the biggest advantage. "19 blocks in 4 sets is solid production," explained Larkin. Joahnnie Astacio tallied 5 blocks, and Antia Rodriguez and Shelby Walker added 4 each to pace the Hawks. 

The offense was skillfully led by setters Mariam Maldonado and Carmen Fernandez, and libero Kim Valverde passed 2.4 and added 17 digs.

"Tomorrow morning we go back to work. That's what we do here," remarked RS hitter Nicole Higgins.

September 11, 2013

The Lady Hawks achieved their highest ranking in the NJCAA National Poll this week earning the 6th spot. "It's all about the hard work the players have put in," remarked Larkin. "HCC is known for peaking late, so this early success is merely icing on cake. We aren't close to the team we are going to be." The Lady Hawks travel to CFC on Thursday and begin conference play at SPC Tuesday night at 7pm.


The first home match is Thursday night at 7pm vs. South Florida State College.

September 8, 2013

The Lady Hawks look to move up in the polls this week after a 7-1 start. Currently #14, HCC traveled to Houston and took 2nd in the San Jacinto Invitational. The Hawks took on probable national championships participant Hill College defeating them 3-1. "Hill made very few mistakes. It was a great match," remarked Larkin. The team posted a .270 hitting %, 15.5 blocks, and 2.3 SR.  Andy Tauai contributed 19.5 pts and Shelby Walker added 17 pts. In the second match, HCC swept non-member school Victoria college. The team was led by Mariam Maldonado's 33 assists and 5 kills on 6 attempts.

The following day HCC faced two teams who earned bids to last year's national championships. The Lady Hawks convincingly beat Western Texas 3-0 and was led by 15 kills by Andy Tauai and 7 kills each from Nicole Higgins, Shelby Walker, and Antia Rodriguez. With a 3-0 record, HCC faced #4 San Jac for the tourney championship. After letting set 1 slip by 24-26 and then giving up set 2, Larkin switched up the personnel. Carmen Fernandez came on to set the freshman who battled back to take sets 3 and 4. The match went to the wire, and HCC narrowly lost 13-15 in the 5th set. "I was proud of our young players, and our team is still a work in progress. We learned a lot from the moment," explained Larkin. The Lady Hawks were led by Antia Rodriguez's 11.5 pts and the team's 17.5 blocks including 6 from birthday girl Joahnnie Astacio.

Andrea Tauai was named to the All-Tournament Team.

HCC will travel to Ocala for a rematch against Central Florida College on Thursday night.

September 3, 2013

Congratulations to Shelby Walker for winning the state Player of the Week.

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 Shelby Walker (So, Bradenton, FL) a 6’1” middle blocker from Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week.  Walker had 34 kills (2.43/set) with 9 digs.    

She is ranked 11th (njcaa.org) in the nation with a .422 hitting percentage.  Walker had a big performance at the net on defense with 23 blocks (1.64/set).  She was the team points leader (5 aces, 15 kills and 7 blocks), which contributed to a win against #5 Central Florida.  

September 2, 2013

HCC opened the 2013 volleyball season by going 4-0 in its home invitational. Wearing the new Navy and Gold colors, the Lady Hawks started the tournament by sweeping St. John's River State College and Palm Beach State College. Against SJRS, middle blocker Shelby Walker led the team with 13.5 points.  Against PBSC, outside hitter Andy Tauai hit .450 posting 10 kills, an ace, and 2.5 blocks. Walker added 8 aces, 5 kills, and 1.5 blocks. On Saturday, HCC faced an imposing Daytona State College team. Right side hitter Nicole Higgins led all attackers with 11 kills as HCC again won in 3 straight sets.

The results set up a match-up between two teams with 3-0 records and who are ranked in the national top 20.  The #14 Lady Hawks faced #5 Central Florida College. HCC jumped out to a commanding two set lead, winning 25-9, 25-21, before finally closing out the match 15-9 in the fifth set. The team was led by Shelby Walker who posted 5 aces, 7 blocks, and 15 kills. Andy Tauai added 17 kills. "I was proud our players' poise tonight," commented Head Coach, Gary Larkin, "and our setter Mariam Maldonado played courageously. CFC is talented and well-coached, so it is always entertaining." HCC improved to 4-0 and will travel to Houston next weekend to play in San Jacinto's invitational.

At times, the home floor seemed like an away match, so be sure to come out and support your nationally ranked Lady Hawks Volleyball Program! HCC Students, Faculty, and Staff are always free, and it's wicked cool.

 

August 15, 2013

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The Lady Hawks challenged themselves and conquered fears at the ropes course today. They especially enjoyed the mud plunge at the end!

 

August 4, 2013

 

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Thank you to all alumni, families, and friends who participated in our alumni match! I'm always amazed how players who play but a couple times a year could play at such a high level. I guess you can take the player out of HCC volleyball, but you can't take the HCC volleyball out of the player... See you on the first Saturday of August next year. And don't be strangers this fall. Come see the 2013 team fight for another title!

 

July 18, 2012

A BIG thank you to Jason Wilson for his donation of $150.00 to the HCC Foundation in support of the 2013 volleyball team. Sponsors like Jason help make the magic happen.

 

July 7, 2013

Max Attack Volleyball Participants

Max Attack VolleyBall Camp 2013

 

 June 28, 2013

Setting School Members

Setting School

 

 Defense Camp Members

Defense Camp

 

June 20, 2013

Check out the All Skills Volleyball Camp team members!

All Skills Volleyball Camp 2013

April 24, 2013

Jenna Kirkwood was named Co-Female Athlete of the Year at this year's athletic banquet.  Congrats, Jenna!

April 24, 2013

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HCC Volleyball welcomes Erin Wibert 5'11" OPP/MB from George Jenkins HS and Tampa United. "Erin is a feisty winner," says Larkin. "She can play multiple positions and is ready to take the next step. Her work ethic will serve her well at HCC." Welcome, Erin!

 

April 17, 2013

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The Lady Hawks wrapped up the 2012 season with a wonderful athletic banquet at the DoubleTree Westshore. Our players enjoyed the chance to interact with fellow student athletes and celebrate everyone’s successes this year. The volleyball awards went to the following players.

Twin Towers Award: Zoe Sostre and Francesca Indoni

Versatility Award:  Shelby Smith

Defensive Player of the Year:  Yaidimar Santiago

Most Outstanding Player:  Andy Tauai

Lady Hawk Volleyball Award:  Jenna Kirkwood 

Congratulations, Ladies. It was a terrific end to a terrific year!

March 31, 2013

 

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HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Antia Rodriguez Sanchez OH of Spain. "Antia brings a vast amount of experience, a high volleyball IQ, and a drive for excellence. She's another excellent piece of our team's puzzle," explained Coach Larkin. "I am very excited by this recruiting class. We're going to have a lot of fun."
Welcome, Antia!

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March 25, 2013

The Hawks wrapped up the beach tri-match season at St. Pete Beach with a sweep over SFSC and a close loss to SPC. HCC and SPC had two wins apiece when Nicole Higgins and Carmen Fernandez pushed the match to the 3rd game before narrowly losing. "For our first year competing regularly on the beach, I am very pleased with the results and the effort," explained Larkin. "We will improve on this experience in years to come." The duos of Sostre and Indoni and Valverde and Conrad took two wins each on the day. The players greatly enjoyed the beach and will end the beach season by participating in the college beach event, the Fiesta on Siesta April 13th.

 

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March 14, 2013

The Lady Hawks welcome Katora Roberts!!

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March 10, 2013

The Lady Hawks played their second beach event, hosting a tri-match vs SCF and Polk State. SCF got revenge against the Hawks reversing the result from last week and winning 4-1. SCF then defeated Polk State in match two. The Lady Hawks rebounded in their last match, sweeping Polk State 5-0. HCC was led by the two Nicoles (Higgins and Gonzalez) who won both their matches on the day. HCC plays its last beach event in two weeks on St. Pete Beach.

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March 6, 2013

Congratulations Shelby & Francesca!! 

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Congratulations to Shelby Smith who committed to UWF. Shelby will be the 4th Lady Hawk to play for Coach Wolters. Congrats, Shelby! We'll be watching.

MB Francesca Indoni committed to Queens College in NY this week. Francesca will play for ex-Plant HS coach Leanna Taylor. As a graphic design major, Francesca is excited about being in the metropolitan area. Good luck Franny and stay warm up there!

March 1, 2013

The Lady Hawks had a great day at Siesta Key Beach as they defeated SCF 4-1 in their first dual beach match. All but the number 1 seeds prevailed with seeds 3,4,5 going to the 3rd and deciding set. "It was awesome to see the girls competing again," said Coach Larkin. "SCF was well prepared for beach play, so I was impressed by our team's ability to control the match. It was high level play all around." Shelby Smith and Andy Tauai played especially strong, anchoring their respective pairs.

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HCC will play a beach tri-match next Friday at Causeway Beach, adjacent to Hogan's Restaurant. Play starts at 10am.

February 11, 2013

The Lady Hawks would like to welcome their 3rd signing of the 2013 recruiting class. Katora Roberts, a 5'11" MB from Winter Haven HS, verbally committed this week. "Katora has not only strength and athleticism, but also great enthusiasm for the game. It will be fun to watch her develop over her time here," explained Coach Larkin. Welcome to HCC, Katora!

January 30, 2013

Congratulations to Jenna Kirkwood who has recently committed to play for Valdosta St. in Georgia.  Jenna was a 2nd Team All-American at HCC and looks forward to the next challenge.  The Lady Hawk family will be rooting for you!

January 25, 2013

The Lady Hawks signed their second recruit for the 2013 campaign. HCC is pleased to welcome Joahnnie Astacio-Rivera, a 6'1" MB from Bayamon Military Academy in Puerto Rico. "We have had a number of impact players from Joahnnie's high school, and we know she will continue that tradition," explained Coach Larkin. "She moves fluidly and has a desire to grow as a player. She'll be a great fit."

January 14, 2013

The Lady Hawks received its first verbal commitment this weekend.  HCC is very pleased to welcome Tessa Moeller, a 5'11" OH. Tessa is 6-rotation OH from Germany who possesses typical European fundamentals. "Certainly Tessa's skills will help our team continue to compete at the highest level, but in addition, her personality is a great fit and will undoubtedly mesh well with our returning players," commented Larkin. "We have targeted some terrific players this winter and look forward to a few more signings early this spring. Stay tuned."

January 6, 2013

Congratulations to sophomore Jedi (Yaidimar Santiago) who has signed with St. Leo University! Jedi is the third Lady Hawk to sign with St. Leo, following Emily Calderon in 2008 and 2011 setter Rachel Powell who transferred from McNeese State University. We can't wait to watch you excel. 

December 3, 2012

Check out this video: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JMnJ6MWQ4Y

November 30, 2012

Congratulations to Jenna Kirkwood who was named 2nd Team All-American. It is HCC's 5th All-American. Way to go Jenna! Your coaches, team, friends, and family are all so proud of you!

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November 26, 2012

Congratulations Coach Larkin!! 

Gary Larkin was named AVCA Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year. It is the second time Larkin has won this award, the last time being in 2008. "Personal awards are a reflection of team," explained Larkin. "My staff and players made it all possible."

Coaches of the Year will be recognized at the Jostens Coach of the Year luncheon at AVCA Convention in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Kentucky.

http://www.avca.org/awards/regional-awards/two-year-college/

November 18, 2012

Lady Hawks 7th in Nation!!

The Lady Hawks continued their stellar play by defeating North Idaho in straight sets. With the win, HCC finishes 7th in the nation. It is the second time HCC finished 7th, the last being 2009. "We were tough today. Last night we finally realized how good we are, and today we played with tremendous poise and confidence," explained Larkin.

The Hawks got 9 kills each from Jenna Kirkwood and Andy Tauai, 8 kills and 3.5 blocks from Zoe Sostre, and 5 kills each from Francesca Indoni and Shelby Smith. "Our sophomores led us out in our last match, and all five played out of their tree," said Larkin. The HCC defense was anchored by Yaidimar Santiago's 29 digs.

OH Andrea Tauai was named to the NJCAA National Championships All-tournament Team.

"It was a dream ending to a terrific season. Our staff of Monica, Alyssa, and Jordan was top notch all year. The character of our players is off the charts, and the love they have for each other is pretty special," noted Larkin.

November 17, 2012

Holy Smokes! Did you see it?! The #8 Lady Hawks narrowly lost to #5 Tyler in 5 sets, 13-15. "It was tremendous volleyball. Coach Shirley has been leading teams to nationals a while now; they were very prepared," explained Larkin. It could have gone either way at the end. I'm extremely proud of the product we put on the floor tonight."

Zoe Sostre had 9 kills and 4.5 blocks out of the middle. Jenna Kirkwood and Andy Tauai chipped in 11 kills and 2 blocks each. Carmen Fernandez provided the setting spark off the bench leading the charge with 3 kills 2 blocks and 44 assists.

"We have an opportunity to play for 7th today. North Idaho is tough, but we will scratch and claw today," said Larkin. "Our players have a certain look in their eyes; it's actually a little scary."

HCC plays North Idaho at noon CST. 

November 16, 2012

In round 2 of the NJCAA Championships, #1 College of Southern Idaho proved to be too much to handle for the Lady Hawks, winning in 3 sets. "We never seemed ready for the fight. They are talented to be sure, but perhaps we left our A game on the bus," surmised Larkin. The Lady Hawks tried multiple line-ups and offensive schemes, but none turned the tide. "Our energy in set 3 was much improved, and libero Kim Valverde provided a little spark off the bench for us," explained Larkin.  However, it was too little and too late as the Eagles closed out the 3rd set 25-20. "Mature teams turn their attention to the next opponent. That's what we'll do," added Larkin. "Every day is a new opportunity for excellence." The Lady Hawks face #5 Tyler College Friday at 2:30 CST. The winner will play for 5th place, and the loser will play for 7th on Saturday.

November 15, 2012

The Lady Hawks take down the Grizzlies, prevailing in 5. The battle between #8 HCC and #9 Missouri State West Plains lived up to the billing. It was a hotly contested match.

After splitting the two first sets, the home crowd lifted the Grizzlies as they fended of multiple match points eventually winning 31-29. "I told the team they needed to stay in the present. There was nothing we could do to change the past," explained Larkin. "After close losses like that, a team either folds or gets angry. We got angry."

Shelby Walker leapt off the bench and hit .640 contributing 10 kills and 4.5 blocks. "She was like King Kong swatting airplanes out there. Walker was a blocking force," said Larkin. The team posted 22 total blocks led my Maldonado's 5.5 and Sostre's 5.5.

Jenna Kirkwood led all attackers with 18 kills, and Andrea Tauai added 16. Yaidimar Santiago chipped in with 32 digs, and Shelby Smith posted 25. Mariam Maldonado dished out 54 assists.

The good news is the Lady Hawks have reached the Elite 8; the bad news is they face #1 seed College of Southern Idaho. "We're playing with house money," explained Larkin. "We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We going to play loose and aggressive and see what shakes down."

The scheduled match time vs. CSI is 7:30 pm cst.

November 7, 2012 

MB Zoe Sostre commits to Tennessee State University. Congrats Zoe! We're all proud of you.

November 4, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADY HAWKS - HEADING TO NATIONALS!!

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The Lady Hawks took the court against MDC with a bid to the NJCAA National Championships on the line. Having suffered one loss, MDC would go home with another loss. Tied at 2 sets apiece, the Lady Hawks took the court for one 15-pt set standing in the way of that bid. Zoe Sostre got hot blocking and attacking and Jenna Kirkwood woke up in set 5, earning 3 tools for points. Andy Tauai continued her stellar play anchoring the charge. HCC switched sides up 8-7 and never looked back, prevailing 15-9. It is the first time since 1988 that MDC will not attend the championships. It is the 5th time for HCC and first since 2009 at which HCC finished 7th in the nation.

"It was such a gritty effort," explained Larkin. "Over the course of the weekend, we were a little off, but we grinded out points when we needed to. I kept expecting our A game to show up, but it was like Where's Waldo and we never found it," laughed Larkin. "Seriously, I couldn't be prouder. Character built this Gulf District Championship. Every team member contributed something along the way. It was a team thing."

When asked how she felt after the Miami match, setter and Lieutenant Mariam Maldonado said... "Good."

HCC faced CFC in the State Championship match, which is essentially for bragging rights, but never mounted a real charge. Associate Head Coach Monica said, "It was anybody's tournament this year. We tried to light a fire under them for the state game but winning the nationals bid took the fight out of the crazed dogs.

The Lady Hawks leave in 10 days for Missouri. "We plan to train hard and then win matches," stated Larkin. "We're going out there and attacking like a pack of Spider Monkeys."

Congratulations to the 2012 Lady Hawks for adding to the legacy of excellence that is HCC volleyball.

 

Jenna Kirkwood and Andrea Tauai were named to the prestigious All-state Team at the state banquet. Both are eligible for All-American honors.

Carmen Fernandez, Yaidimar Santiago, Jenna Kirkwood, and Andrea Tauai earned All-state tournament team. Congrats, guys!

 

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November 3, 2012

Step 2... Check! The Lady Hawks are one win away from a trip to the NJCAA national Championships. HCC went down 0-2 to SCF and looked like a dead man walking, but miraculously the team centered itself and mounted an improbable and impressive comeback against the talented Manatees.

Andrea Tauai led the Hawks with  19 kills and played strong down the stretch. When asked what she was thinking in set 5, Andrea replied, "Oh, I don't know. I kept telling myself to keep my shoulder closed. I just wanted to stay aggressive."

Setter Mariam Maldonado led the offense and was helped by Carmen Fernandez during a couple rolled ankle incidents. "Mariam may have weak ankles, but she had a strong heart today," joked Larkin. "I've been at this for a decade. What our girls did in such a big match was very rare and special." HCC found contributions from role players DS Nicole Gonzalez and DS Kim Valverde. "To succeed here, you need to play for a greater good, something bigger than yourself. We did that just in time today," concluded Larkin.

HCC will face MDC on Sunday at 9:30am with a trip to nationals on the line.

November 2, 2012

The Lady Hawks passed the first test at the State Tournament in Jacksonville. HCC defeated Polk State 3 sets to 0. Polk had been red hot, defeating MDC last weekend in Tampa, but the Hawks sustained a winning effort. "It's a double elimination tournament, so we might see them again. We have great respect for their program," said Larkin. "For now, it's all about Manatee. They are the next hurdle." Jenna Kirkwood stood out, hitting over .470 with 17 kills, and Shelby Smith and Andrea Tauai contributed 10pts each. Yaidimar Santiago tallied 18 digs and serve received a 2.9. 

Saturday's match begins at 10am and may be watched live at http://www.psblive.com/. "We don't need to do big things; we need to do the small things with a full heart."

November 1, 2012

Sophomore night was a huge success! Thank you to all who helped celebrate our sophomores, especially Alumnus Gabi Berrios's mother, Lourdes, who cooked up a delicious pre-game meal!  Special thanks also go to coaches Monica, Alyssa, and Jordan who helped make the night special. The Lady Hawks prevailed in a tough 5-setter against the Webber beach team but on this night, it was all about honoring the contributions of 5 special student athletes. Jenna, Jedi, Shelby, Franny, and Zoe-- thanks for the terrific year.But we're not done yet!

October 30, 2012

HCC swept Pensacola State and then was swept by MDC to finish 3-1 at the Halloween Invitational. It was a great weekend as the team attended Howl-O-Scream on Thursday night and the team welcomed many guests including the Valverde's, Maldonado's, Fernandez's, Walker's, Conrad's, and Franny's friend from Italy among others. "The weekend had a family feel to it," said Larkin. "It was great to share our HCC family with the players' families." The Lady Hawks honor the sophomores Tuesday night at 7pm at a scrimmage versus the Webber Beach squad.

October 27, 2012

#11 Lady Hawks start strong at the Halloween Invitational. HCC jumped out beating FSCJacksonville in 4 sets. Andrea Tauai hit .350 on the outside with 15 kills and contributed 19 total points and 22 digs. The Lady Hawks had 18 total blocks. In the next match, HCC dropped the first set but one the next 3 straight sets versus NAIA power Florida College. "Our blocking was solid," explained Larkin. "Shelby Walker was menacing at the net, and Mariam Maldonado was creative running our offense." HCC plays #10 MDC and state participant Pensacola State on Saturday. "When our team plays 'all in' and with a singular goal, this team is as good as any team HCC has put on the floor," stated Larkin.

October 24, 2012

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Congratulations to the Lady Hawks Ranked #11

HCC moves up to #11 in the final poll of 2012.

http://njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=32&divid=1&slid=17

 

October 24, 2012

The results are in! Seven Lady Hawks earn conference awards.

Jenna Kirkwood was named Suncoast Conference Player of the Year, and Gary Larkin was named Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year. "Jenna took a lot of big swings for us during the conference season, and she was a warrior in our final match versus SCF when we needed her," said Larkin. "I'm proud of her." Other players named 1st Team All-conference are Andrea Tauai, Carmen Fernandez, Zoe Sostre, and Francesca Indoni. Yaidimar Santiago was named 2nd Team All-conference. "Individual awards are nice-- you can tell your kids about it one day-- but team awards are how we measure ourselves," explained Larkin. "We still have more work to do."

October 22, 2012

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Alumni Emily Bingham helped USC Upstate turn the momentum against ETSU with a timely kill and finished with 14 kills, 4 digs, and 4 assisted blocks out of the middle. The Spartans defeated their conference rivals in 5 sets.

October 20, 2012

The Lady Hawks finished strong at the LSCC tournament sweeping both Polk State and PHCC. "We played well. Everyone contributed. I think the team understands how important on-court chemistry is now," explained Larkin. "And we were fueled by some serious Lake County BBQ cooked up by the Smith Family." HCC started a tradition of tailgating between matches, enjoying some cornhole, can jam, and redneck horseshoes. Good times were had by all. HCC was led by Andy's and Shelby's double double against Polk and Andy's and Madi's double double against Pasco.

Get on the road with the Lady Hawks and travel to PHCC on Tuesday night for the 7pm match. Remember if you're not in, you're out.

October 19, 2012

On Thursday night, HCC falls short at CFC losing in 4. "We blocked and dug well, but we can't sustain our effort and focus. In the set we won, we were disciplined, and we won big and easily," explained Larkin. "One set, however, is not a match."

On the first day of the Lake Sumter Tournament, Larkin had to go to a heavy freshmen line-up down 0-2 to Clearwater Christian. "It's pretty late in the year to still be waiting for leadership and intensity from our sophomore class and Captains. It was fun seeing some frosh who haven't played as much celebrating and enjoying themselves out there. It was contagious," said Larkin. The frosh comeback against CCC fell just short as the Lady Hawks lost in 5, but the same group easily dispatched St. John's River State in straight sets.

Tomorrow HCC faces Polk State and PHCC. "Tomorrow we'll continue to play the girls who are playing for the name on the front of the jersey and not the back," stated Larkin. "Championships are won by special teams not individuals... and I've watched enough individual volleyball this year."

October 18, 2012

Congratulations to Andrea Tauai for being named Player of the Week (Games through October 13th)

Andrea Tauai (Fr, Tauranga, New Zealand) a 5’8” outside hitter from Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week.  Tauai had 71 kills (3.6/set) and a .290 hitting percentage.  On defense, she tallied 59 digs (3/set) and 10.5 total blocks.  The Lady Hawks have finished first in the Suncoast Conference and swept Player of the Week selections as we approach the State Tournament.

Congratulations to Yaidimir Santiago for being named Defensive Player of the Week (Games through October 13th)

Yaidimir Santiago (So, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) a 5’7” libero from Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Defensive Player of the Week. In 15 sets, the sophomore racked up 94 digs (6.3/set), including a 25 dig performance against Illinois Central College. This earned Santiago a spot in the 25 Dig Club.

Congratulations go out again to Andrea Tauai for being named to the All-Tournament Team.  Way to go Andrea!!

October 17, 2012

Be sure to read this article on former Lady Hawk Lindsey Rees:

http://www.goldeneaglesports.com/news/2012/10/17/wvb_1017122810.aspx

 

October 14, 2012

As suspected the Lady Hawks were a little emotionally spent getting off the bus in Jacksonville on Friday losing to #4 IWCC in 3 and #11 MDC in 4. "Thursday night was an emotional night for us, and like everyone this time of year, we are nursing some injuries. We had some highlights, though, like Jedi's (Yaidimar Santiago) ridiculous defense," stated Larkin. On Saturday, HCC bounced back, sweeping #19 Pensacola and #19 DII Illinois Central. "With Kirkwood and Sostre on the bench icing, Andy went off," explained Larkin. Andy Tauai averaged over 4 kills a set and Shelby Smith hit .300 and .360 respectfully on the outside. Next up for the Hawks is #8 CFC in Ocala on Thursday night.

October 12, 2012

The Lady Hawks are Conference Champions! HCC swept SCF in 3 sets closing the last set out 25-13. The hawks got strong performances from MB Francesca Indoni and OHs Jenna Kirkwood and Andy Tauai.  "We played to win tonight instead of not to lose," explained Larkin. "Our blocking and defense was sound, and Franny was a beast." Setter Mariam Maldonado served up the assists for the Hawks who kept #10 SCF off balance all night. "The black out the gym crowd was awesome. Thanks to all in attendance for their support," added Larkin. Alumni Crissi Dejiulio, Danielle Priest, and Claudia Cabrera came home to support the 2012 team. The Lady Hawks travel to Jacksonville Friday to play a tournament boating 8 nationally ranked teams.

October 10, 2012

HCC survives at SPC. HCC won in 4 utilizing its entire bench. Andrea Tauai led all attackers with 12 kills and a block and Zoe Sostre added 10 kills and 3 blocks. Mariam Maldonado set the final 3 games posting 33 assists and 5 kills. "Good teams grind out wins when they don't have their A game," explained Larkin. "If this team will believe in themselves like we believe in them, they can be special." The Lady Hawks face SCF on Thursday night at 7pm at home with the conference championship on the line. "We need a raucous crowd Thursday night!"

October 5, 2012

HCC improves to 13-6 after two Friday afternoon sweeps at Lake Sumter. In the first match versus LSCC, the Lady Hawks were led by Francesca Indoni's 10 points and Shelby Smith's 9 points. Against Palm Beach State, Kim Valverde posted 25 digs, and Andrea Tauai tallied 11 points and Jenna Kirkwood added 9. The Lady Hawks resume conference play Tuesday night at SPC.

October 5, 2012

The Lady Hawks bumped up to #16 in the nation after defeating South Florida State last Thursday night.  On Monday, the team gave back to the community by training the St. Lawrence Middle School volleyball team. All the girls, young and old, had a blast! The STL Celtics are undefeated and on track to win their league championship next week.  Tonight HCC faced a red hot Polk State team in Winter Park. It was a match-up with the conference lead on the line. The Lady Hawks grinded out a close first set to lead the match. The Eagles responded by taking set 2 comfortably. In pivotal set 3, Shelby Smith was inserted and was a spark plug. She brought the players to their happy place, and the performance picked up. "We needed to focus on stopping them and team chemistry tonight. Offensively we were OK from the beginning, but we couldn't slow the middle attack. We found a group that worked well together and began to implement the game plan in set 3," explained Larkin. The team travels to Lake Sumpter for a tri-match on Friday. Don't forget that Thursday Oct. 11th is "Black Out the Gym" night. The first 100 fans will get a black rally hawk T-shirt featuring the new HCC Hawk Logo. #16 HCC faces #10 SCF at 7pm at the Dale Mabry Gym.

September 26, 2012

HCC breaks into the top 20 at #18. There was no rest for the Lady Hawks, however, as they traveled to #10 SCF on Tuesday night losing 1-3. "It's a tough place to play, and we needed to be more detail oriented and stronger on offense," explained Larkin. "When we earned an advantage during a rally, we had trouble capitalizing." The Hawks battled through a low team hitting percentage to keep it close, but it wasn't enough in the end. Andrea Tauai led the team with 13 kills, 2 aces, and 2 blocks. HCC plays SFSC Thursday night at home at 7pm.

September 21, 2012 

The Lady Hawks completed a 6 game win streak with a straight set win versus St. Pete College. "There were some fantastic rallies with amazing defense," noted Larkin. Jenna Kirkwood led the way with 18 kills and a .600 hitting percentage, and Yaidimar Santiago collected 18 digs. HCC plays at SCF on Tuesday at 7pm.

 

Faces in the Crowd:

Sara Prose, 2004

The Plant City High School Volleyball Team The Attars

 

Former Lady Hawk Cabrera helps USF on its current 6-game win streak. "Wyle Devlin recorded her fifth double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs. Libero Claudia Cabrera (HCC 2010) continued to be a force in the middle with 18 digs."

 

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September 20, 2012

HCC goes 2-0 in conference play with a strong win over Polk State. The Lady Hawks were led by libero Yaidimar Santiago's 25 digs and outside hitter Andrea Tauai's 12 kills. "Our team had tremendous balance," said Larkin. "Our middles and right had hitting percentages, and Jedi stole a lot of kills tonight on defense."

 

HCC faces SPC Thursday night at home at 7pm.

September 17, 2012

Georgian Court, which improved to 4-6 despite hitting only .070, received 12 kills and 14 digs from sophomore Villariny-Rodriguez. Jhoan Agosto provided 10 kills. Gabriela Barrios-Hernandez (HCC Alumnus), who earned selection to the All-Tournament Team, topped the team with 16 digs. 

September 15, 2012

The Lady Hawks completed a 4-0 week by defeating St. Johns River State College and Indian River State in Palatka. The team improved to 7-5. "We were pretty good today. Some girls stepped up and played big roles when asked," explained Larkin. Against SJRSC, Mariam Maldonado came off the bench to set the team to the win, and MB Shelby Walker provided a big blocking presence in sets 2,3,4. Nicole Gonzalez also contributed as libero. In the second match, MB Franny Indoni leapt off the bench and provided a sustained spark. Standouts on the day include OPP Shelby Smith who posted 20 kills and a .559 hitting percentage, OH Jenna Kirkwood who posted 8 aces and 26 kills, and OH Andrea Tauai who added 3 aces and 22 kills. "Both setters maintained balance in our offense. That was the key to our success today."

HCC plays another conference match at home at 7pm vs. Polk State. Come check us out. It's electric!

Faces In the Crowd This Week:
The Schnabels!
Alum Hailey Plunkett!
Michelle Young!
Ex-manager extraordinaire Kristin Fancher!
(and of course our families)

September 14, 2012

The Lady Hawks started and finished strong defeating PHCC in straight sets. "We had great balance, and all the girls understood and played their roles. It was a positive step for us," explained Larkin. #1 attacker in the nation Jenna Kirkwood paced the Hawks with 13 kills. Shelby Smith also added two solo blocks and numerous tags on the right side. Setter Carmen Fernandez led the offense with 35 assists. HCC travels to St. John's River on Saturday for a tri-match.

September 12, 2012

HCC played its first conference match Tuesday night defeating South Florida State in 4. "Everybody contributed in tonight's win. Our conference is strong, so every win counts," said Larkin. The Lady Hawks were led by Jenna Kirkwood's 19 kills, Yaidimar Santiago's 25 digs, Zoe's 10 kills, and Carmen Fernandez's 44 assists.

 

The Lady Hawks play PHCC at home Thursday night at 7pm.

The Lady Hawks returned from Texas, having played #4, #8, #15. "It was bittersweet," explained Larkin, "to be so close to knocking off nationally ranked teams but coming up a little short. It was a lot like our CFC match. We definitely know we can hang now, so it's time to learn how to close the deal."

 

The Hawks were paced by Jenna's 72 kills. "Jenna Kirkwood was a monster. She played fearlessly." Other standout performances include Zoe's 10 kills against Blinn, Shelby Walker's 11 kills against Hill, and Nicole Gonzalez's 25 digs against Salt Lake.

September 4, 2012

Alumnus Emily Bingham of USC-Upstate was named to All-tournament team at The Willie Jewell's Invitational at Charleston Southern. Way to go, Em!

  

The Lady Hawks began their 2012 campaign by going 2-2. The Hawks started quickly by sweeping Palm Beach State and then had multiple match points against an experienced and talented CFC team currently ranked #3 in the nation. Perhaps the close loss carried over to the following morning when HCC lost to SCF. The team concluded with another 3-set sweep versus Brevard. "The match against CFC had a post-season feel to it. Pushing such a talented team without two starters due to injury says a lot about where we could be in November," said Larkin. The players are working very hard, and hard work pays off." MBs Zoe Sostre and freshman Shelby Walker combined to hit over .400, and OH Jenna Kirkwood was consistently asked to take the critical swings and delivered. The Lady Hawks travel to Houston on Thursday to take on the best of Texas.

August 27, 2012

HCC alum Claudia Cabrera leads USF with 28 digs in a 5-set win vs. UCF!

August 24, 2012

Gabi Berrios commits to D2 Georgian Court University in New Jersey. Way to go, Gabi!

August 23, 2012

2012 HCC Volleyball announces its leadership council. The council is made up of 3 Captains (sophomores) and 1 Lieutenant (freshman). Nicole Higgins was named Captain last spring and she is joined by Captains Yaidimar Santiago and Jenna Kirkwood. They are joined by Lieutenant Mariam Maldonado. We know they are all up to the task. Congratulations!

July 27, 2012

HCC Volleyball would like to welcome new Assistant Coach Jordan Gibson. Jordan comes to us with college coaching and playing experience and continues to compete as an accomplished Beach player in the Open Division. We are excited to add his experience and enthusiasm to our staff.

July 14, 2012

Thank you to all the high school teams who competed at HCC this summer.  We know you all had a lot of fun and started your preparation for the high school season.  Good luck in the fall! See you next year - Coach Larkin.

Results of the HCC Summer Competition Camp:  1.  Steinbrenner  2.  Durant  3.  King  4.  Plant  5. East Bay  6.  Sickles  7.  Middleton

*Bloomingdale and Planty City absent from playoffs.

July 2, 2012

HCC Volleyball is pleased to welcome back volleyball alumnus Alyssa Breviario. Alyssa joins the 2012 staff after graduating in 2005 and subsequently from Northwood University. She has also coached at numerous HCC camps and for Tampa United Volleyball. "Alyssa was a compassionate teammate and has a big heart," said Coach Larkin. "She has traveled and experienced a lot since graduation; that will serve her well as she works with the setters and handles various administrative and team building activities." Alyssa is excited and up for the challenge!

June 11, 2012

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HCC Volleyball hosted a rough and tumble crew from St. Lawrence School for a volley totz clinic. Fun was had by all. There were lots of future stars out there! 

May 25, 2012

Congratulations to Manager Kristin Fancher who was recently accepted into the HCC nursing program. We're so proud of you!

May 24, 2012

Congratulations to Coach Tony who not only graduated from the USF School of Education but also accepted the Palmetto HS Head Coaching position. We will be cheering Tony on from afar, and he will be missed! Tony was an integral part of HCC Volleyball's run of excellence from 2006 through the 2011 season.

May 14, 2012

The Lady Hawks finished the semester with a team GPA of 3.0, and 6 of 7 sophomores graduated in spring. The 7th will graduate after one summer course. Great job, ladies! Your statistics are WAY above the college averages. Keep it up!

April 9, 2012

HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Kim Valverde of Costa Rica by way of East Hampton, NY. Kim is a jump-serving libero who is anxious to join the competitive atmosphere at HCC. "Kim is a high energy defender who plays with the poise of someone who has been a starter for a number of years. She will help improve our ball control," explained Coach Larkin.

March 23, 2012

HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Carmen Fernandez Nevarez. Carmen has just finished a championship season setting for Bayamon Military Academy. "Carmen's addition solidifies the setting position. It will be fun to watch the intense competition; both setters will develop quickly and push each other to great heights," remarked Larkin. Welcome to the HCC family!

February 1, 2012

HCC is pleased to announce that All-state outside hitter Rebecca Schnabel has signed to play with St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.  After visiting, Becca felt like it was the perfect fit. Go get 'em, Becca!

February 1, 2012

HCC is pleased to announce the commitment of Andrea Tauai. Andrea is a native of New Zealand and a graduate of Tauranga Girls' College HS. She is an OH with extensive junior national and beach experience. "We spent some time getting to know Andrea to see if HCC was the right fit. I have no doubt it is," explained Larkin. "Andrea is a dynamic OH who will do anything in her pursuit of excellence in volleyball. She'll fit it nicely with all of our other gym rats."

January 25, 2012

All-American setter Rachel Powell verbally commits to McNeese State University in Louisiana and Head Coach Terry Gamble. Rachel is excited about the challenge of playing D-I volleyball. Congrats, Rachel. We are proud of you!

January 20, 2012

The HCC Volleyball Team mentored students from Academy Prep Center of Tampa Bay in Ybor City. All had a great time learning some skills and sharing some laughs.

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December 27, 2011

Amani West from Tampa Bay Tech commits to the Lady Hawks. Amani played for Coach Colley at Tech and plays for the Tampa Bay Raptors. "Amani brings athleticism to our outside hitter core. She impressed us with her determination and spirit throughout this process," explained Larkin.

December 21, 2011

HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Becca Conrad. Becca is a versatile outside hitter who comes to us from Ohio. Volleyball is a family tradition for the Conrads, so HCC is pleased to get a player of such experience. "Becca will have the ability to play many roles throughout the season. We like versatility," explained Larkin.

HCC signed Nicole Gonzalez, a dynamic and spirited OH from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Nicole is the second Gonzalez to play for the Hawks as older sister Madi played in 2006. "Nicole has a fearless attitude, which will serve her well at HCC," remarked Larkin. "She will fit in nicely with our program's culture."

The Lady Hawks landed middle blocker Shelby Walker from Lakewood Ranch HS where she played for Perry Hankins. She is currently playing at MAV for Nancy Cothron. "Shelby is a physical middle who continues to grow every day," said Larkin. "It will be exciting to watch her develop at HCC; she has a high ceiling."
 

December 16, 2011

Congratulations to the Lady Hawks Volleyball team for posting a team GPA over 3.0! The team was led by the following student athletes: Becca, Hillary, Kristin, Shelby, Jenna, and Dani. Way to go, guys!

December 1, 2011

Rachel Powell is named 2nd Team All-American and upholds HCC's tradition of fielding excellent setters. The whole college is very proud of her. "She was a pleasure to work with," explained Larkin. "She worked her butt off and earned this honor." Rachel and her sophomore teammates are currently busy communicating with 4-yr colleges and universities concerning their future plans.

November 6, 2011

HCC's season comes to an end in the semi-finals at the State Tournament. "No one outside of our locker room expected us to play at this level up here," stated Larkin. "I couldn't be prouder of our whole group. We put ourselves in a position to win and just missed shocking the state." Shelby Smith (with the help of a palm frond necktie, walking sticking, and a baby pine cone) continued to play loose and confident. Rachel Powell and Rebecca Schnabel were named to the All-State Tournament Team. "Our players played to the final whistle. That says all you need to know about them," continued Larkin.

The Lady Hawks volleyball family wants to thank all of our family support, our traveling fans, our fans back home, Coach Tony, Coach Monica, and our school's administrative support. We couldn't do it without you all!

November 5, 2011

Shhhh... HCC has been playing possum in its way into the state tournament, but there's no suprising anyone anymore. HCC defeated the conference champion Polk Eagles in a 5-set war to cross into the semi-finals. The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 2-set lead, but the tough and talented Polk squad fought its way back into the match pushing it to set 5. "They have a great defensive team and an OH from the Dominican Republic who plays at a different level. Our team held to the game plan, got each others' backs, and focused on the  present. That's how we won game 5," explained Larkin. HCC faces the 7pm winner on Sunday at 10am. If they defeat one more opponent, the Lady Hawks will be boarding a plane for Missouri and the NJCAA National Championships. HCC was led by  Rachel Powell's 53 assists, Rebecca Schnabel's 19 kills, and Shelby Smith's 12 kills and strong defensive play. "Any one of the teams at this state tournament would win matches at the national tournament. We took two tough steps toward our goal, and we have one more challenge to face," said Larkin.


November 4, 2011

Rachel Powell was named Suncoast Conference Player of the Year! Rachel Powell and Rebecca Schnabel were also named All-State! Other award winners include 1st Team All-Conference-- Rachel and Rebecca and 2nd Team All-conference-- Zoe Sostre, Nicole Higgins, Gabi Berrios, and Francesca Indoni. Congrats Lady Hawks. It takes a team to earn individual awards. Now let's keep winning!

November 4, 2011

The Lady Hawks win the all important first match at the FCCAA Tournament. It was a battle between two similar teams and offenses. In the end, HCC was able to defeat Pensacola State in 4 sets. HCC was led by Rachel Powell's 44 assists, Becca Schnabel's 19 kills, 2.5 blocks, and 3 aces, and Francesca Indoni's 7 kills and 4 blocks. "With the improved level of play in the state, every match is a battle this year. We are happy to win and advance past an excellent team. Our sights are set on Polk now. We know each other well, and our players are excited to face the challenge," explained Larkin.

HCC plays Polk State at noon Saturday. Follow along at www.psblive.com.

October 28, 2011

The Lady Hawks held strong to honor the sophomores. The team was also very happy to welcome back Captain Hillary Byrd, who is recovering from surgery. HCC faced a tough and relaxed opponent in LSCC on Thursday night but prevailed in set 5 15-9. HCC was led by Becca Schnabel's 22 kills, Nicole Higgins 13 kills, and Shelby Smith's 10 kills. Dani Weishaar chipped in 31 digs and Rachel Powell added 6 kills and 59 assists.

 

Becca kicked off the evening with a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem. Henry the Hawk showed up; the sophomores were allowed to "decorate" Coach Larkin's dress shirt for the match, and the freshmen decorated the gymnasium. It was a wonderful celebration for a memorable class. "It's always tough to coach on sophomore night because of the emotion in the building. The sophomores took care of business when they needed to tonight," remarked Larkin.

 

The Lady Hawks next play Friday at home at 2pm.

October 27, 2011

The Lady Hawks split matches in a tri-match at Indian River State College on Oct. 21st.  In the first match HCC swept IRSC 3-0. "Both teams we faced will be at states, so today was a good test for us," explained Larkin. Rachel Powell led a balanced attack distributing the ball to all positions leading to 15 kills from the MBs and Opp. "I'm happy with the way Rachel has worked to involve all players in the offense," continued Larkin. In the second match, HCC played FSCJax close losing in 4 sets. "The first time we saw Jacksonville, we kind of folded," said Larkin. "We took a step in the right direction today."  HCC is currently 17-13.

Join us for SOPHOMORE NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 27th at 7pm. HCC hosts LSCC. On Friday, The Lady Hawks welcome multiple teams to Tampa for the HCC Halloween Invitational. Matches begin at 11am on Friday and at 10am on Saturday.

October 20, 2011

The Lady Hawks stun PHCC in New Port Richey after dropping the first two sets. Associate Head Coach Monica Medvid and Assistant Coach Tony Cothron continued their winning streak as once a year they lead the Hawks into battle and leave the gray-haired one home. HCC's comeback was led by Zoe's 16 kills and Becca's 25 kills. "We are all super proud of the girls. Last year we had success versus Pasco, and they won the D2 championship. This year they are just as tough, so this win should give our team the confidence it needs," explained Larkin. Rachel Powell also played well near her home town as usual, posting over 50 assists.

 

HCC travels to Indian River State on Saturday to play two teams who earned trips to the FCCAA tournament. Match times are 11 and 1pm.

October 17, 2011

HCC wins its final conference match 3-0 at SCF Manatee to finish 5-3. The Lady Hawks have earned a 6th straight  trip to the FCCAA State Tournament. MBs Hillary Byrd, Zoe Sostre, Crissi Dejiulio, and Francesca Indoni all hit over .300. "We played really well tonight. It was their sophomore night, and it is always a challenge to win on an opponent's sophomore night," explained Coach Larkin.

The Lady Hawks then traveled to Jacksonville to play in the FSCJ Tournament of Champions. HCC started by sweeping Palm Beach but fell flat thereafter losing to FSCJ and MDC. "We found a way to blow a huge lead in set 1 versus Jacksonville. After that it got a little ugly. Volleyball is as much about momentum and self-esteem. We were playing our opponent and ourselves. We'll grow from it," said Larkin. HCC finished the tournament by playing a tough 5-setter against PJC, our 1st round opponent at the state tournament.

Congratulations to Rebecca Schnabel for being named to the All-tournament team.

HCC next plays at PHCC Thursday night at 7pm.

October 12, 2011

The Lady Hawks hosted a large crowd for the SPC conference match Tuesday night. Although HCC lost, we all won as our fundraiser to support breast cancer research and awareness was a huge success. The crowd as well as players and staff were decked out in pink. The team raised over $350 on the night, and we would like to sincerely thank each and every donor who supported our efforts. The Lady Hawks travel to SCF Manatee on Thursday night.

October 11, 2011

The Lady Hawks took care of SFCC last Thursday in 3 sets to go to 4-2 in conference play. HCC is inching closer to earning its 7th consecutive trip to the State Tournament.

Over the weekend, HCC joined many of the state powers in a tournament at Manatee.  HCC finished 2-2 to go to 13-8, 4-2. Setter Rachel Powell was named to the All-tournament team.  Rachel posted 193 assists on the weekend. Other standouts include Becca Schnabel who posted 73 kills and Nicole Higgins and Jenna Kirkwood who both had over 20 kills. The middle blockers also combined for 50 kills and continue to become a bigger factor in matches. "Gabi took one on the chin this weekend-- literally," said Coach Larkin. "We had to send her to urgent care, but she was back for the next match. That's the kind of toughness we are striving for."

HCC hosts SPC Tuesday night in an important conference match. Come out and support our "Dig for the Cure Match" in support of breast cancer awareness and research.

October 5, 2011

HCC beats conference leader Polk State in 4 sets to improve to 10-6. After dropping the first set, the Lady Hawks rallied to win the next 3. Set 2 was especially exciting with the Hawks prevailing 34-32. "It was a high level match. Polk State is an excellent team, and tonight we rose to the occasion. Becca (22kills) and Nicole (18kills) were tough to stop," explained Larkin. "We're starting to look like HCC. I am proud of the girls tonight." The giant blue HCC mascot made a showing. Harry(?) the Hawk rallied the boisterous crowd who was decked out in white as part of the "white out the gym" event.

 

Faces in the Crowd: Tampa Tech's Head Coach Liz Colley and her volleyball players who are having an excellent high school season.

 

HCC plays at SFCC at 7pm on Thursday night.

 

On Tuesday night October 11th, HCC Volleyball will be collecting donations for Florida Suncoast of Susan G, Komen for the Cure. All spectators are encouraged to wear pink to support the fight against breast cancer. Students, faculty, and staff may also look for a volleyball player during the day in order to purchase a pink bracelet. Join us in this noble cause. See you Tuesday!

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September 28, 2011

HCC move to 2-2 in conference play (9-6 overall) with 4-set win over SCF Tuesday night. "Becca got hot in set 4, hitting .700, which helped us close them out," commented Larkin. The Lady Hawks return to conference play next Tuesday at 7pm at home against conference leader Polk. Fans are encouraged to wear white shirts and help us "White out the Gym."

September 27, 2011

The Lady Hawks lend a hand. The HCC Volleyball team donated their time to help the St. Lawrence Celtics prepare for their upcoming matches. "It was so much fun working with the middle schoolers! It reminded me of when I was just starting out," remarked Captain Rachel Powell. All girls enjoyed the interaction and put in a good day's work. Good luck, Celtics! Thanks for hosting us.

 

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September 24, 2011

HCC takes 2 matches at Lake Sumter.  The Lady Hawks started the tri-match with a three game sweep of Indian River State College.  Rachel Powell posted 36 assists and 7pts.  In the second match, HCC beat host LSCC in 4.  MB Francesca Indoni hit .410 and posted 8.5 pts.  OH Becca Schnabel hit .340 on her way to 25 pts.  "A number of players looked good today.  It was nice to see them perform the way we know they can," commented Larkin.  "Food tastes a little better after a couple of wins."  HCC is 8-6.

September  24, 2011

The Lady Hawks drop a close one at SPC. After being down 0-2, HCC rallied back to tie it at 2 sets each. The Lady Hawks came up just short losing 13-15 in set 5. Dani Weishaar came off the bench to chip in 20 digs. HCC travel to LSCC for a tri-match on Saturday and resumes conference play on Tuesday at home at 7pm.

Faces in the crowd...
Thank you to the Binghams for cheering us on. It was their second visit!

September 21, 2011

HCC bounces back and sweeps SFCC. The Lady Hawks used a balanced attack and some timely blocking to secure the victory. "Rachel was pretty good tonight, and we showed a little more passion on defense," explained Larkin. "Every conference match is a challenge and we must be up for it." HCC faces SPC away on Thursday night.

Faces in the crowd...

Myeasha Williams ('09) stopped by practice Monday night...smiling as usual!

 

Hailey Plunkett ('05) attended tonight's match and enjoyed seeing the new Lady Hawks locker room.

 

Claudia Cabrera ('10) brought Tony Mountain Dew for his birthday. Happy 30th! jk

 

Hey!! Have you heard yet ?!! Home volleyball matches may be heard on Hawk Radio. Never miss a point again!

September 16, 2011

The Lady Hawks lose on the road to Polk State in 4. At 23-23 in game 4, HCC had a chance to make it interesting, but it was not meant to be. All players participated in various roles. The Lady Hawks continue conference play next Tuesday. "It's time to get back to work because we all need to be better from coaches down to players," commented Larkin. "We will work hard and be ready to fight next Tuesday. Our fans deserve our very best." HCC hosts SFCC next Tuesday at 7pm.  

Guess who checked in...

Leah Buchanan is in town with UWF competing against St. Leo. Good luck!

 

Kimmy Clark from the 2006 Championship team texted this week and said she looks forward to seeing the new Hawks.

September 14, 2011

HCC misses an opportunity for momentum by losing in 5 to Pasco on their home court. "PHCC wanted it more than us. I'm not sure why, but you have to give credit where credit is due," admitted Larkin. 

A huge thank you to Hawk Radio for doing its first ever volleyball broadcast!

Last night's crowd was also the biggest volleyball crowd in history. Thanks to our great fans!

September 9, 2011

HCC moves up to 15 in the NJCCA after winning its home invitational. "Starting the year at 22nd was largely due to the program's history and reputation. Our moving up this week is a reflection of the team's hard work," said Coach Larkin. HCC also has a number of players ranked in national statisical categories. Setter Rachel Powell ranks in the top 5 in assists/set and OH Becca Schnabel ranks in the top 5 in kills/set. OH Jenna Kirkwood ranks in the top 25 in kills/set and Libero Gabi Berrios ranks in the top 25 in digs/set. "We get better every day; that's all I can ask."

September 4, 2011

The Lady Hawks take the home HCC Invitational trophy after sweeping SPC.

The day started with a 4-set win over Webber's JV squad. HCC was led by Becca Schnabel's 18 kills and 13 digs and Jenna Kirkwood's 12 kills. HCC had 11 blocks in the match.

The win set up a meeting with SPC with the championship on the line. HCC came out strong winning the first two sets 25-15, 25-15. The team then rallied and came from behind, sealing the victory with a timely swing by Kirkwood to win set 3 26-24. The Hawks got 11 kills by Kirkwood and Schnabel and another 9.5 pts from Hillary Byrd. The team posted 13 total blocks.

HCC next faces PHCC 9/13 at home at 7pm.

Faces in the crowd: 2009 alumni Erica Medvid and Katlyn Flick

Did you know: 2004 Alumnus Alina Paulsen (Pasciuta) and her husband are moving to Mississippi to open their Chick-fil-A, and they will also welcome a new baby!

2005 alumnus Brittany Hipps will get married next week!

Good luck to all!

September 3, 2011

HCC opened the weekend with a straight set victory over a spirited SFCC squad. "Early in the year, we all ride a roller coaster. Today was no different; we saw flashes of brilliance and flashes of confusion," explained Larkin. The Lady Hawks were led by Becca Schnabel's 15.5 pts and Captain Hillary Byrd's 9 pts. The team had a .440 hitting percentage.

In the second match, HCC faced #25 SCF. In a back and forth affair, the Lady Hawks prevailed in 4 sets. Rachel Powell dished out 48 assists and Becca posted 24 kills. HCC had two others with double digit kills, Jenna Kirkwood with 13 and Nicole Higgins with 10.

HCC improves to 3-3.

August 31, 2011

The Lady Hawks finished its scrimmage season with a home match vs. St. Leo. "It was an excellent test against a well-coached team," explained Larkin. "We played with passion and determination. I was very pleased with the product last night." OH Becca Schnabel Had 19 kills and Libero Gabi Berrios had 38 digs. HCC hosts an invitational starting this Friday at 11:30am.

August 28, 2011  

The Lady Hawks return from Iowa Western with a great deal of experience. HCC started the tournament playing #1 WNCC tough but falling in 4 close sets. HCC was the only team to take a set off the Cougars. The Lady Hawks followed it up with an impressive sweep of power Missouri St. West Plains. "WNCC was very polished for this stage in the season and Missouri St. was very athletic, so I was very pleased with our first day," explained Coach Larkin. On day 1, HCC was led by setter Rachel Powell and OH Becca Schnabel. On day 2, HCC faced #15 Jefferson and #4 IWCC but came out flat losing both. "We return only one impact player from 2010, so it will take a little time for players to grow into their roles," remarked Larkin. "This weekend was both humbling and inspiring." OH Shelby Smith stood out on Day 2 for her high energy and intensity. HCC is currently ranked 22nd and is 1-3.

August 24, 2011

HCC scrimmaged UT last night as its last preparation for the IWCC Invitational. "We are grateful that UT invited us. The scrimmages we have played were extremely challenging and should prepare us for anything we might see in Iowa," remarked Larkin. The Lady Hawks played some good games taking one and staying close in a couple of others. "It's for real now. We just have to step off that plane confident in the work we have done and confident of the players and team that we have become."

August 22, 2011

HCC was grateful to host Florida Southern last night. "Southern is poised to have a great year. With so many returning seniors, Coach Jill will have them at the top of the DII poll," said Larkin. HCC played a little bit of a roller coaster match, but the Lady Hawks played courageous defense on their way to winning a couple of games. "It was another great learning experience for our new starters and our incoming freshmen."

August 19, 2011
The Lady Hawks scrimmaged CCC last night. Coach Larkin remarked, "We're very thankful to have hosted CCC as they are always disciplined and determined." Under casual conditions, HCC found some rhythm on offense and played very scrappy defense, winning the first four games. "I was very happy with our communication and the way Rachel [Powell] spread the ball around," said Larkin. The Lady Hawks also posted 10 blocks and 16 aces. "We all just want to play someone other than ourselves at this point in the season. We learned a lot."