West Delaware started the season with an impressive day at the season-opening Independence Tournament, defeating Alburnett of the Tri-Rivers Conference, Class 1A preseason No. 2-ranked and defending state champion Janesville, and WaMaC Conference rival Independence, before dropping a tough match to Class 3A’s No. 6-ranked LaPorte City Union, Aug. 31.

“Overall, we’re happy with the way the girls competed,” said Hawk coach Brett Mather.

The Hawks, 33-11 and a Class 4A State Tournament qualifier in 2018, opened the day with a 21-5, 21-18 win over Alburnett before meeting up with Janesville, a team that had defeated West Delaware early in the 2018 season.

This time there was little doubt of the outcome, as the Hawks dominated the Wildcats 21-12, 21-13.

It was a meeting of two longtime rivals in the round of four. West Delaware pounded the Mustangs, 25-10, in the opening set before Independence turned the tables in a 25-23 second-set win, leading to the decisive 25-10 Hawk win in game three.

Traditionally tough Union then took a 25-23, 22-25, 16-14 decision from the Hawks to end the day.

West Delaware stands 3-1 on the young season with a big early-season WaMaC matchup with Mount Vernon next in line, Sept. 5.

Editor’s Note: Tournament statistics were not available at press time.