The Hillsboro volleyball team trailed through most of the second set against Cheney last Tuesday, but managed to pull the set?and possibly the game?out of the fire in a battle of the No. 1 and No. 4 ranked teams in Class 3A at Haven.
After winning the first set by a relatively comfortable margin of 25-18, the Trojans found themselves down 6-1 in the second set. Cheney?s lead grew to as much as 13-4, and the Cardi?nals were on the brink of victory at 24-22 before Hillsboro rallied to claim a 28-26 victory.
?I was pretty pleased with that,? coach Sandy Arnold said of her team?s comeback, ?However, I wasn?t pleased with the hole we dug for ourselves.
?I don?t know what happened,? she added. ?Cheney played incredible defense. Things that we normally would score on, they were picking up. It was a good test for us.?
As for her own team?s play, ?We flipped the wrong switch, but I give them credit because they kept chopping wood and got back in it.?
Prior to Tuesday, Arnold said the Cheney match would provide some insight about the kind of team she has.
?We have an athletically talented team,? she said afterward, ?and I was very pleased that we have a fairly mentally tough team because we found ourselves in pretty big hole against a really good team.?
In the other half of the double-dual, the Trojans defeated the host team, 25-17, 25-14, to open Central Kansas League play with a 1-0 mark.
?It was our first league match, so we had to go into it with that in our minds?because otherwise we might have looked past it,? Arnold said. ?We have to be careful about every night, knowing that it stands for something.?
Coming?The Trojans (14-0) were scheduled to play at home Tuesday in a CKL triangular with Pratt, who is 11-1 and ranked 10th in 4A, and Kingman (3-11).
Next Tuesday they travel to Lindsborg for a double dual against Smoky Valley and Lyons.