Garret Talarczyk is finally starting to see the components that make up a lengthy postseason run.
The Hilton Head Island High School volleyball coach knew his Seahawks had a deep and veteran roster this year. Now he's watching from the sideline while it comes together as the stretch run nears.
Hilton Head High won its sixth straight match Tuesday night, sweeping outmanned Beaufort High 25-19, 25-8, 25-10. This after the Seahawks completed a 5-0 sweep of last weekend's Island Bash, which was capped with a win over 10th-ranked Bluffton (Class 4-A).
"We're coming together as a team, and that's what we've been focusing on the last couple weeks," Talarczyk said. "We've got hitters all over the place, we've got a lot of talent on the team. It's just getting the girls to understand not (just) one of them is going to shine."
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They all shined Tuesday. Senior middle blocker Mallory Lewis led the way, registering eight kills, six blocks and an ace while junior Sierra Davis added seven kills and a pair of blocks.
Claire Kent also finished with eight kills while Aileen Moore tacked on four aces, a kill and a block.
"I think the teams that we meet in the playoffs, they're going to have something coming for them," Davis said.
Davis and Brantley Herrington give the team two players standing over 6 feet. The latter sat out Tuesday's match and will continue to do so as she heals from shoulder tendinitis.
"We're just resting her," Talarczyk said. "Coach's decision. Her shoulder is a little sore. ... We're going to rest her until the playoffs."
The postseason begins at home for the Seahawks on Oct. 29. Hilton Head High (21-4) manhandled its Region 8-AAA schedule by going 10-0 to earn early-round home games.
"I think we're going to go pretty deep," Talarczyk said. "We all have expectations and we work really hard. We want to go to the finals and we want to win states. They're going to do whatever they can, and when they're in pressure situations they do play very well."
The goals aren't so high this season for Beaufort High, which fell to 2-15. The Eagles continue to grow a youthful roster that features just one starting senior, after 18 departed over the last two years.
"We've gone over coverage all season long," coach Corrie Frohnapfel said. "Be here, be here, be where you're supposed to be. ... They did exactly what they were supposed to do (today).
"Hilton Head's got some really great hitters. And we were there for a lot of them."
The Eagles rallied to within four late in the first set after claiming seven straight points. Hilton Head High ended up winning 25-19 on sophomore Hannah Edelman's ace.
It was all Hilton Head High from there, as Davis' kill ended a 25-8 second set before she and her teammates built a 7-0 advantage in the final set to cruise to the victory.
"We used to have a younger team, but now we're getting older and we're maturing," Davis said. "I think that's really good for us. Hannah started on varsity as an eighth-grader, and now she's a sophomore. Me and Brantley are the twin towers and we're juniors now. We're getting older."