HHS volleyball improves to 16-0

 Hillsboro?s Bradli Nowak (left) and Danae Bina battle for the back row pass in last Tuesday matchup with Pratt. The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in 3A, defeated Pratt, ranked 10th in 4A, in two sets to improve to 16-0. The undefeated Hillsboro volleyball team knocked off its third state-ranked opponent of the season with a two-set sweep of league challenger Pratt last Tuesday in Brown Gym?na??sium.

After beating Class 3A top-10 schools Southeast of Saline and Cheney within the previous 10 days, the Trojans, ranked No. 1 in 3A, knocked off Pratt for the second time this season, 25-19, 25-18.

Pratt (15-2) had climbed into the No. 10 spot in Class 4A in the most recent Kansas Volleyball Association poll.

?I?m pleased that we won, but I was not quite satisfied with the emotional side of our game,? coach Sandy Arnold said. ?We did enough to win, but I didn?t feel like we did more than we needed to.?

Arnold felt like her team could have done a better job of containing Pratt?s top hitter, Jenson Maydew.

?Pratt definitely had some girls that kept us on our toes, and we need to work on shutting them down,? she said.

Earlier in the evening, the Trojans dominated King?man (3-16), 25-7, 25-12. At times the Eagles seemed helpless against the strong-serving Trojans.

?Serving is huge for us,? Arnold said. ?We don?t necessarily want to ace it every time, but we want them to not be able to run their offense. Our serve is supposed to be a weapon, it?s not just to put the ball in play. We work on that a lot.?

Coming?Hillsboro (3-0, 16-0) was scheduled to play at Lindsborg Tues?day for league matchups with Smoky Valley (1-2, 6-10) and Lyons (0-5, 5-10).

On Saturday, Hillsboro will compete at the Canton-Galva Invitational, which will be played in Goessel this year.

The other six schools are Goessel, Hal?stead, Hesston, Little River, Moundridge and Sunrise Christian. Pool play begins at 8:30 a.m.