The Trojans knocked off Halstead 25-17, 25-18, in the opening match, then came back to beat the home team, Smoky Valley, 25-14, 25-22. Neither match counted toward league standings.
The Trojans (0-2 league, 6-13 overall) struggled in the early going against Halstead (0-2, 6-13).
“I didn’t think we played our best, but not playing your best and still beating them in two is a good thing,” coach Sandy Arnold said.
Arnold felt her team played a lot better against a competitive Smoky Valley squad (2-0, 7-7).
“The first game we kind of took them out of their offense completely with our serving,” Arnold said.
The Trojans benefited from a couple serving runs in Game 1, including 10 straight points by Candace Weinbrenner that transformed a 6-5 game to 16-5.
In Game 2, the Trojans trailed 21-18 before coming back to score 7 of the last 8 points.
Coming—Hillsboro was schedule for two key league matches at Haven on Tuesday. In addition to playing the host team (1-1, 8-8), the Trojans will tee off against Hoisington (2-0, 20-1), which is coming off a tournament title over the weekend.
“It will be a good test for us,” Arnold said. “We need this competition to see where we’re at. Hopefully, we can get over the hump a little bit and take a step ahead.”
On Saturday, Hillsboro will compete at the always-tough Canton-Galva Invitational. Seedings will be announced later this week, but key opponents include Hesston, Moundridge, Little River and an up-and-coming Canton-Galva squad.
Pool play begins at 9 a.m.