HHS sweeps Halstead for 3rd straight win

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
After snapping a 12-match losing streak at the Canton-Galva tournament Oct. 5, the Hillsboro volleyball team is now riding a three-match winning streak after taking both matches from Halstead Oct. 8.

The Trojans defeated the Dragons in the first match, 21-17, 23-21, 21-7, then came back for the nightcap, 21-19, 21-16, 21-9 to move their season record to 6-14.

“I thought the girls really needed this,” coach Collette Burton said. “Going out and winning both matches in three games should boost their confidence a little bit-in themselves as individuals and as a team.

“In the second match, the girls really came out focused and ready to go and got the job done,” she added. “I was impressed with their play in the second match especially.”

With Halstead lacking a lot of strong servers, the Trojans had their best night yet in serve-receives with a success rate of nearly 86 percent-about 17 percent higher than their season average.

“The other team didn’t serve real tough serves, so we did a nice job passing the ball,” Burton said.

The Trojans also had a strong serving night, connecting successfully on 101 of 109 attempts for nearly 93 percent. Danielle Goossen was 18-for-18 for the evening with five aces.

Statistically, the Trojans were a bit below the norm in their attack, including a season-low 67.5 hitting percent in the opening match, but they did register 23 kills for the evening.

“I was telling the girls to be aggressive the whole night in their attack,” Burton said. “You’re going to be making mistakes whenever you’re going aggressively after every ball. I think that’s why our hitting percentage was down a little bit.”

Coming-The Trojans (6-14) will host their own invitational tournament Saturday. Seedings and specific playing schedules were not going to be determined until today, according to Max Heinrichs, HHS activities director.

That information will be available on the Free Press Web site (www. hillsborofreepress.com) soon after it is released.

Burton is looking for some stiff competition, though.

“I’m sure Conway Springs will be on top again,” she said. “They’re an outstanding team all around. Ellinwood should be another good team and Marion has been doing an excellent job this year.

“We really have the ability to play with all of those teams,” she added. “We just need to believe in ourselves and realize that we can finish a game.”

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