September 22, 2017
By: Erica Rose

The Central Catholic Volleyball team is the defending state champ and Tuesday night the Vikettes had their first real test of the season, as they begin their quest for another title.  The Nazareth Blue Eagles were a perfect 7-0 heading in to the match, the Vikettes 6-0.  It was an exciting match from start to finish, but the Blue Eagles lacked one thing: Rachel Hess.  

The junior was definitely the difference maker in the match, with an impressive season high 18 kills on the night, including the game winner. Anyone who has seen Hess play can attest that she brings such excitement to the game with so much poise. This isn’t something new either. (Well maybe to me since I was on maternity leave last fall!)  Hess played a major role in the team’s success last year as well, giving them the boost that they needed at crucial times. Last night was no different  In the first set she put down four straight kills for the Vikettes to open up their lead. The Blue Eagles would even the match at 1 set apiece, with a great effort. But the rest of the night would be all Hess and her fellow Vikettes. It wasn’t a walk in the park though. The Blue Eagles made them work hard for the victory, but in the end Hess’s talent was too much. Megan Nelson also had a big night for the Green and Gold, as did several other players. The Vikettes are without a doubt going to be a contender again, the team has a confidence about them and when they get down they maintain their composure. The season is just getting started and they already look like they are in tiptop form, including Hess – who is just a junior.