The Hillsboro volleyball team positioned itself to make a final assault on a second consecutive Class 3A state volleyball championship by sweeping all three of its pool-play matches Friday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
The Trojans, who came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed at 37-3, defeated Wellsville in the opening match, 25-13, 25-21. In its most challenging encounter, Hillsboro needed three games to defeat a strong Silver Lake team, 25-23, 15-25, 25-20. The Trojans then finished the day with their easiest match, a 25-10, 25-7 sweep of Southeast-Cherokee.
As the No. 1 team in Pool B, the Trojans will take on the No. 2 team in Pool A in the semifinals of a four-team championship bracket. That match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Fifteen minutes after the completion of both semifinal matches, the two losing teams will play for third place and the two winners will battle for the title.