Hannan preparing for showdown with PJP

Boyer excited for chance to play Pope John Paul

October 22, 2018

After a devastating defeat last season at the Pontchartrain Center, the Hawks will once again take on rival Pope John Paul II at home on Monday October 22, in what again should be an exciting game with championship consequences.

With the game quickly approaching many of the girls are beginning to prepare. Pope has always been one of the tougher games on the schedule, but they always enter matchup with confidence.

“We’ve worked really hard this season so I have no doubt we’re prepared,” said senior Mikayla Boyer.

Due to an ACL tear last season Boyer was unable to compete with her teammates, but assures that this year everyone is both excited and ready to take on their rivals.

“Last year it was hard to just watch as we played them, but I got to see them play so it was definitely good to be on the sidelines,” Boyer said.

During last season the Hawks took on Pope at the Jaguars’ home with success. This fueled the girls into wanting a clear-cut win in the state championship. However, they fell short at the very end. This was a driving point for coach Rebekka Bonnaffee in thinking of ways to better ready her players for the sets to come.

“We are preparing mentally and physically, we are practicing focusing on doing well for every point.” Bonnaffee said. “Pope is just one step in the playoffs, and we are continuing to look forward.”

The Hawks agreed that going into the matchup there is definitely a high level of adrenaline. Both teams always come ready to play, so everyone is excited to see what will go down Monday.

“We’ve made a lot of changes and I think it’s for the better,” senior Allee Morris said.

She explained how this a huge game to not only her but the entire team. This rivalry has been a long time in the making, and a win would definitely rattle Pope for the playoffs. Both Boyer and Morris shared that they felt everything was in place for them to earn a win.

“This year is a little different” Bonnaffee said.“Even though they have a psychological advantage we hold that clear and present danger.”

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