Hillsboro volleyball up and down in matches at Haven

It was one of those nights the Hillsboro volleyball team would prefer to forget. But the coach hopes it won?t.

An up-and-down performance at Haven last Tuesday cost the Trojans a game against a home team they should have handled easily, and a match against a good Cheney squad.

?I hope we can learn from it,? coach Sandy Arnold said.

Against Haven, the Trojans built a 21-12 lead in the first game only to turn tentative. The Wildcats, who came in with a 2-10 record, reeled off 13 straight points for a stunning 25-21 comeback win.

?We sort of self-destructed,? Arnold said. ?We didn?t attack. We started doing the old play-not-to-lose thing instead of doing what we had been doing to beat them. They hadn?t really been stopping us.?

When Game 2 started in a similar vein, Arnold called a timeout and made her point loud and clear: ?Hit the ball.?

?It was pretty quiet in the gym when I said it,? Arnold said with a smile. ?I think everybody probably heard it.?

Certainly her Trojans did, and went on to a convincing 25-12 win?only to slip back into first-game mode in Game 3. This time, though, they stopped a late Haven run and nailed down a 25-21 win to take the match.

?It was kind of a roller-coaster night in that match,? Arnold said.

Against Cheney, led by all-state performer, 6-foot, 3-inch Merissa Quick, the Trojans struggled to maintain consistency and lost by convincing scores, 25-18, 25-13.

?They?re very talented,? Arnold said of the Cardinals, who were 9-0 coming into the evening and improved to 12-0 after matches Thursday.

?At this point in the season, I?d say they are a better team than we are. But I didn?t feel we gave them a very good challenge at all. I was disappointed in that.

?I think we were intimidated, unfortunately.?

Even with a sparkling 13-2 record, Arnold is hoping her team came home with a reality check.

?We may have won some ballgames, and we may have a winning team, but we?re not where we need to be yet,? she said. ?This is probably good for our girls. Our defense needs some work and we?re going to take a close look at that this week.

?We?ll see how they bounce back from this.?

Coming?The Trojans were scheduled Tuesday to play league matches at home against Pratt (8-5) and Kingman (6-9).

Next Tuesday they travel to Smoky Valley for a league double-dual with the Vikings (7-6), Lyons (5-6) and Sterling (2-14).

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