The Hillsboro volleyball team capped a 7-0 week with its third tournament title of the season Saturday at the Canton-Galva Invita?tional.
With a 25-22, 25-8 win over Halstead in the title game, the Trojans are 23-0 for the season and now ranked No. 1 in Class 2A following last week?s classification changes.
With state-ranked Hess?ton missing from this year?s field of eight teams, Hills?boro?s path to a tournament title was less challenging, but coach Sandy Arnold said her team was able to maintain a high level of play for much of the day.
Hillsboro opened pool play with solid wins over the host school (25-14, 25-10) and Central Christian (25-11, 25-8) before claiming a 25-13, 25-9 win against Halstead, who entered the tournament with an 18-7 record.
?When we played Hal?stead the first time, I?d say we beat them fairly well because we thought they were going to be tougher competition,? Arnold said. ?We were ready to play somebody because they had beaten the other two pool teams pretty badly.?
Hillsboro then beat Sunrise Christian Academy in the semifinals, 25-11, 25-16, to earn a second matchup with Halstead for the title.
Arnold said her team lost some focus in the first set before putting the Dragons away, 25-22.
?We did (let down) the second time we played Halstead in the first game, and I chewed them out for it,? Arnold said. ?And they responded. It was definitely all about the mental part of it.?
Aside from the momentary lapse against the Dragons, Arnold praised her team?s play.
?We had several girls that had strings of serving, then I thought we blocked particularly well Saturday?it was some of our better blocking. Hopefully that will continue.?
Trojans Danae Bina, Addie Lackey and Alex Ratzlaff were named to the all-tournament team.
Coming?The Trojans, who began last week with league wins against Smoky Valley (25-13, 25-12) and Lyons (25-17, 25-13), should have a challenging week ahead.
It begins Tuesday with a double dual at Hesston, where they will play league games against Sterling (12-8) and Hesston (15-2), who is now ranked sixth in Class 3A after dropping from 4A.
The Trojans then travel Thursday to Newton for games against the host school and Great Bend, both 5A schools.
?This is a good week,? Arnold said. ?We?re looking forward to this.?
The Trojan coach said Hillsboro?s drop to 2A was disappointing, but she reminded her team to embrace the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi and accept things they cannot change?including the chance to three-peat as 3A state champs.
?The one thing we can do is go win it in 2A,? she said. ?It?s not like it?s going to be easy. There are going to be some teams out there that are just chomping at the bit to knock us off. They?re mad because we?re in 2A.
?Anytime you let your guard down, they?re going to take advantage of it.?