Hillsboro?s sometimes up-and-down volleyball team showed up in strong fashion at the Class 2A sub-state tournament in Moundridge Saturday, but for the first time in eight years, the Trojans will not move on to a state tournament.
Hillsboro?s best moment came in the second set of the championship match against the unbeaten and No. 1 ranked 2A team in Kansas, Central Plains. After losing the first set 25-17, the Trojans played perhaps their finest volleyball of the season, dominating the mighty Oilers to the tune of 25-14.
Unfortunately, the Trojans were unable to maintain the magic in the deciding third set. Central Plains, an athletic team across the board with three players listed at 5-feet-11 and one at 5-10, took the lead at 2-1 and never relinquished it. The lead slowly grew to its largest point at 25-13 with Central Plains securing the state berth next week.
The Trojans were never seriously threatened through the first two rounds, knocking off No. 7 seeded Berean in the quarterfinals, 25-15, 25-17, and No. 3 seeded Canton-Galva in the semifinals, 25-17, 25-15.
Hillsboro, who came in as the No. 2 seed, completed its season with a record of 27-13. Central Plains moves on at 38-0.