ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Hillsboro rolled to its 17th and 18th volleyball victories of the season with a sweep of Wichita Collegiate last Tuesday in Wichita.
The Trojans (18-4) won the first game of the opening match 15-1, then survived the Spartans’ only real challenge of the night with a 15-13 win. The Trojans struggled with their serving and serve-receive in the second game and finished with a 63.6 percent success rate for the match.
Hillsboro picked up its game in almost every category in the second match en route to a 15-8, 15-4 win.
For the night, Hillsboro servers were successful 87.4 percent of the time. Andrea Peachey was 27-of-28 with two aces to pace HHS. Jill Hein was a perfect 11-of-11 and led the team with seven stuffs.
Shelby Estelle led the Trojans in kills with seven and Robyn Penner added six. Shannon Kroeker made good on 11-of-12 attack attempts for a team-high 91.7 percent.
The Trojans’ primary setters, Kroeker and Holly Lindsay, were both perfect for the night. Kroeker was 47-of-47 with four assists and Lindsay went 44-of-44 with eight assists.
Coming-The Trojans competed in their last dual match of the season Tuesday against Lyons.
They will cap their regular season Saturday when they host the Trojan Invitational at Brown Gymnasium.
Hillsboro (18-4) is seeded third in the tournament, behind Ellinwood (18-1), whose only loss is to the Trojans, and Minneapolis (18-3).
Following those three teams are Conway Springs (17-4), Sterling (14-8), Marion (11-7), Herington (5-12) and Halstead (0-14).
Hillsboro will open pool play against Marion at 10 a.m. The Trojans are scheduled to play Herington at noon and Minneapolis at 1 p.m.
Marion will play Minneapolis at 11 a.m. and Herington at 2 p.m.
Semifinal matches involving the top two teams in each pool are scheduled to start at 3 p.m., with the finals and the third-place matches to follow at 4:30 p.m.
Looking ahead to regionals, the Trojans will travel Oct. 20 to Hesston, where they will be joined by Ellinwood, Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Hesston, Hoisington, Lyons and Marion.