HHS volleyball improves to 12-2

The Hillsboro volleyball team started slowly put picked up steam en route to a sweep of its two matches at a triangular in Lindsborg last Tuesday.

The Trojans knocked off Halstead 25-17, 25-18, in the opening match, then came back to beat the home team, Smoky Valley, 25-14, 25-22. Neither match counted toward league standings.

The Trojans (0-2 league, 6-13 overall) struggled in the early going against Halstead (0-2, 6-13).

?I didn?t think we played our best, but not playing your best and still beating them in two is a good thing,? coach Sandy Arnold said.

Arnold felt her team played a lot better against a competitive Smoky Valley squad (2-0, 7-7).

?The first game we kind of took them out of their offense completely with our serving,? Arnold said.

The Trojans benefited from a couple serving runs in Game 1, including 10 straight points by Candace Weinbrenner that transformed a 6-5 game to 16-5.

In Game 2, the Trojans trailed 21-18 before coming back to score 7 of the last 8 points.

Coming?Hillsboro was schedule for two key league matches at Haven on Tuesday. In addition to playing the host team (1-1, 8-8), the Trojans will tee off against Hoisington (2-0, 20-1), which is coming off a tournament title over the weekend.

?It will be a good test for us,? Arnold said. ?We need this competition to see where we?re at. Hopefully, we can get over the hump a little bit and take a step ahead.?

On Saturday, Hillsboro will compete at the always-tough Canton-Galva Invitational. Seedings will be announced later this week, but key opponents include Hesston, Mound?ridge, Little River and an up-and-coming Canton-Galva squad.

Pool play begins at 9 a.m.

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