Trojans dominate Hoisington, Lyons

The Hillsboro volleyball team dominated in its home-court debut Sept. 22 against a pair of lower-rung Central Kan?sas League teams.

The Trojans swept both opponents in straight sets. Hills?boro opened with a 25-14, 25-19 win against Hoising?ton, who came into Brown Gym?na??sium with a CKL record of 0-3 and a season record of 5-13.

In the nightcap, the Tro?jans knocked off Lyons (0-3, 6-8) 25-14, 25-11.

With the sweep, the Tro?jans are tied for first place in the CKL with Hesston and Kingman at 4-1. Hills?boro?s season record improved to 10-6.

Coach Sandy Arnold said she viewed the evening as an opportunity for her team to apply some of the skills it has been working on in practice, and give lesser-used athletes more time on the court.

?I wanted all of them to attack the ball,? Arnold said. ?I know it still looks like we?re going to Alex (Ratzlaff) and Shannon (Heiser) a lot, but I thought we spread it around more than we have.?

Arnold saw progress in terms of serving, particularly jump serves.

?That?s going to be key as we go through the rest of the schedule,? she said.

Except for a few stretches of ?uninspired volleyball? during the evening, Arnold liked what she saw overall.

?I thought we did some good things,? she said.

Rotating in more players than usual was good for the team as a whole, she added.

?I think they really like it when kids have success that maybe don?t get to shine as much,? Arnold said. ?This was a good night for them to shine.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to return to Brown Gymna?sium Tuesday to take on CKL opponents Larned (1-4, 6-14) and Ster?ling (2-3, 8-10).

The Trojans will travel to Lindsborg next Tuesday for a CKL triangular with Smoky Valley and Nicker?son.

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