Hillsboro 1-1 at Hesston rematch
The top three teams at the Central Kansas League preseason tournament in August convened Sept. 15 for a triangular rematch at Hesston.
The evening turned out to be ?Payback Tuesday? for all three squads.
In the nightcap, Hillsboro, who lost to Hesston in the tournament finals, knocked off the undefeated Swathers on their home court, 25-22, 26-28, 25-16, after Kingman, who lost to Hillsboro in the tournament semifinals, swept the Tro?jans in two sets, 25-17, 15-19.
Hesston swept Kingman in the first match of the night, leaving all three teams with 1-1 records for the day.
?I think that shows how it should end up?we should be the top three teams,? Hills?boro coach Sandy Arnold said. ?And I think this was an indicator of that.?
The Trojans? evening started on a rough note against Kingman.
?I probably scouted them as much as I scouted Hesston again, and we just did not pay attention to detail,? Arnold said. ?We knew what they were going to do, and what we needed to do according to that. But we just didn?t do it.?
She said her team did a poor job of anticipating the Eagles? moves.
?It was all about where we defended and how we defended, and then it was where we needed to attack to score?and we missed serves,? she said.
?Overall, I didn?t feel like Kingman was unbeatable by any means, and I felt we kind of gave it to them.?
The team?s play changed dramatically when the Trojans took the court to face the Swathers, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.
?In the Hesston match, we did a lot of things we talked about doing to beat them,? Arnold said. ?I felt this was the first time this year we put something we practiced the day before and used it in a game. That right there pretty much brought tears to my eyes.
?I thought we served very well and that kind of took Hesston out of its game a little,? she added. ?They did make a few more mistakes than the first time they played us. You can say they made their own mistakes or you could say we made them make those mistakes.
?We?re definitely doing things better than we were when we played them the first time.?
To punctuate the victory, sophomore Abby Sechrist ?completely stuffed? a Hess?ton serve at the net for the winning point.
?That was pretty cool, Arnold said.
She credited Shan?non Heiser and Alex Ratzlaff for their solid play during the game.
?If those two play well, the rest kind of feed off of them,? Arnold said. ?I felt like they hit the ball where it needed to go, and the setters got it to them so they could do that?which means passing had to work to do all that.?
Coming?The Trojans (8-7, 2-1) made their home-court debut Tuesday with a triangular against Lyons and Hoisington.
They will host Larned and Lyons next Tuesday with matches beginning at 5 p.m.