ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JENNIFER PROFFITT
The Hillsboro High School volleyball team had their hands full at their invitational tournament Saturday Oct. 14, finishing fourth in a tough eight-team field.
Conway Springs, which came into the tournament undefeated, left in the same condition as they swept through the competition to take the championship.
Hillsboro breezed through pool play defeating Marion 15-9, 15-7; Halstead 15-10, 15-4; and Minneapolis 15-4, 15-8.
Coach Collette Burton said, “I was really proud of the girls in pool play. We came out and we played really well. I think it’s the best I’ve seen them play this year as a team.”
In the semifinal match, the Trojans lost 8-15, 16-18 to a Sterling team they had defeated earlier in the year.
Burton said, “I think we kind of overlooked Sterling, thinking we would already be in the finals. We weren’t focused and ready for the game.”
The Trojans seemed to lose their focus after the Sterling game, losing the third-place match to the Minneapolis team they had crushed earlier in the day.
The games were close, 15-10, 15-12, but Hillsboro couldn’t get themselves back on track and finished the tournament in fourth place. Their record now stands at 23-6 for the season.
Angela Herzet finished the tournament with 29 kills and Julie Hett adding 25.
The Trojans warmed up for the tournament with a two-match sweep Oct. 10. Hillsboro started strong, with an easy 15-5, 15-4 win in the first match.
Burton said: “I had some girls in that don’t really play a whole lot of varsity and they did a really nice job. Andrea Peachey stepped in and had a few nice hits on the outside, and Erin Bartel had some really nice digs and passes.”
In the second match, the Lions proved to be a more challenging adversary, defeating Hillsboro 16-14 in the first game.
“We got behind, we let one server really get to us,” Burton said. “We finally decided to play and fought hard at the end, but it just wasn’t enough.”
The Trojans narrowly won the second game, 15-12, after getting down by seven points early in the game.
Burton said: “We were struggling, but the girls decided they were going to pick it up. They didn’t want to lose it.
Hillsboro carried the momentum into the third game, winning 15-7.
Julie Hett had 17 kills and Shannon Kroeker had 10 to lead Hillsboro. Jill Hein added 11 blocks.