HHS splits matches vs. Lyons, Nickerson

The Hillsboro volleyball team split a pair of matches at a triangular last Tuesday in Nickerson.

Hillsboro easily dispatched winless Lyons, 25-13, 25-7, but lost to the home team, 17-25, 25-25, 25-20, in the first league match for both teams.

The split put Hillsboro at 9-2, but 0-1 in league play.

Coach Sandy Arnold said she wasn?t surprised that Nickerson gave her team a battle.

?Already in preseason I thought Nickerson would be a good team,? she said. ?They play a lot of club ball in the summer. I think club ball is a lot faster pace, and they play that kind of style.

?They also have two good middles?all their hitters could place the ball, and they exposed some of our weaknesses on defense. I think club helps with that.?

That said, Arnold was more disappointed that her team let the third and decisive game get away from them after taking an early lead.

?I don?t know if we got a little bit satisfied, but they really came on strong,? she said. ?They?re an emotional team. If they get going they?re hard to stop sometimes.?

Arnold said there was a silver lining to the loss.

?We learned a lot about ourselves again,? she said. ?It?s been good for me to have to do my own stats (this season due to budget cuts) because it forces me to go back to watch film. I really have learned a lot about our team because I do that, I see the areas we need to strengthen.

?The girls are still excited about the year, and we know there?s a lot of time left. We just want to be better at the end of the year than we are now.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to travel to Halstead on Tuesday, Sept. 23, for another triangular. In addition to the Dragons (4-9, 1-0), the lineup will include Smoky Valley (5-7, 0-1).

Neither match will count as league play.

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