Hillsboro endures 10-game week

Hillsboro front-row seniors Sienna Kaufman (2) and Abby Sechrist attempt to block Salina South’s hitter during their first pool match Saturday at the McPherson Invitational. The Trojans went 2-4 for the tournament.The Hillsboro volleyball team completed its busiest week of the season so far, competing in 10 matches in six days and compiling a 5-5 record in the process.

Capping the week was the McPherson Invitational on Saturday, where the Trojans went 2-4 against a field that included Garden Plain, God­dard, Hutchinson, Junction City, Lyons, McPherson, Nickerson, Salina South and Bishop Carroll.

Hillsboro opened pool play with a 25-23, 24-26, 25-16 win over Salina South, then lost to McPherson, 25-16, 25-14, and Nickerson, 25-23, 15-25, 11-25.

The Trojans bounced back with a 25-12, 25-15 sweep of Junction City to qualify for bracket play. They lost to Hutchin­son, 23-25, 15-25 in the first round, then finished the day with a 25-23, 20-25, 20-25 loss in a rematch with Salina South.

The week in general, and the tournament in particular, tested Hillsboro’s stamina. With a junior-varsity event scheduled on the same day, coach Sandy Arnold competed at McPherson with seven players.

Fatigue was a factor as the day progressed, she said.

“This is always the hard week,” Arnold added. “You have to build up that stamina in practice because we all knew this point of the season was coming. You have to get to that point where you’re in shape physically and mentally.”

For the day, Arnold felt her team competed well, given the challenges.

“A lot of our success depended on our serving,” she said. “If we were not missing serves, that helped. And when we attacked, I felt a lot of times that we were on the defense more than on the offense, particularly toward the end of the day.”

Emporia—The Trojans split a pair matches with Great Bend and the host school on Thursday.

Hillsboro defeated Great Bend, 25-14, 25-18, but lost to Emporia, 22-25, 13-25.

“We should have beat them,” coach Sandy Arnold said about Emporia. “We were ahead 18-12 and lost.

“When served well, we did great,” she added. “We were blocking better and our defense is coming—but it’s not what it needs to be yet. “

Haven—The Trojans began the week with a convincing sweep of Smoky Valley (25-15, 25-17) and Haven (25-15, 25-17) at Haven Oct. 3. The wins improved their league record to 4-4.

“We did some good things,” coach Sandy Arnold said. “I felt like we should have won those two, so it was good that we did. They were good wins. I’m hoping they’ll kind of lead us into this part of the season.”

Coming—Hillsboro traveled to Lyons Tuesday aiming for two more league wins against the Lions (2-6, 8-18) and Hoisington (2-6, 6-21).

On Saturday, they will face a challenging field in the annual Trojan Invita­tional. The visiting school include Andale, Augusta, Chapman, Circle, Minnea­polis, Rock Creek and Sunrise Christian. Action begins at 9 a.m.

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