Hillsboro volleyball solidified its hold as the No. 1 team in Class 2A in the latest rankings with a sweep of Hesston and King?man Sept. 16 at King?man.
In another classic battle of talented Central Kansas League rivals, the Trojans, now 16-0 for the season and 3-0 in the league, slipped past Hesston (11-2, 2-1), ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21.
?Hesston is tough, they have some good hitters,? coach Sandy Arnold said. ?I thought our serving helped us out tremendously, especially toward the end of the first game and then again in that last game.?
Arnold said her team was at its best when it was in attack mode.
?If we play tentatively we?re not as good as we can be,? she said. ?I thought we attacked more in the first and third matches.?
The Trojans had their hands full against the hometown Eagles (6-9) even in a 25-15, 25-20 sweep.
?I think they?re a much-improved team,? Arnold said. ?They?ve got some girls who can hit, and they?re scrappy. They didn?t let much hit the floor. It makes it a tougher game because they return everything.?
Alex Ratzlaff led the Trojans with 29 kills against the Swathers and 14 against Kingman. She also served 10 aces against the Eagles.
Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to travel Sept. 23 to Lyons for a CKL triangular against the home-team Lions (1-9) and Hoisington (8-4), a state-qualifying team the past three seasons.
Next Tuesday, Hillsboro makes the long trip to Larned for a league triangular against the home team (2-12) and Sterling (11-5).