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Highland bounced back from an opening set loss to Winfield-Mount Union by taking one of their own, but couldn’t keep momentum in a 3-1 loss to the Lady Wolves.
Winfield-Mount Union’s 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-13, 25-16) win gives the Huskies a 1-10 record on the season and 1-4 in SEISC play.
Highland senior Sarah Schneider said after the first set, the team was able to come together and put the mistakes of the first set behind them.
“We’ve been trying to stay positive throughout the whole game and we don’t want to put ourselves down. Our main goal has been to stay positive and bring energy every time,” Schneider said.
After trailing by as many as 10 in the first set the Huskies battled back to a 24-21 deficit, but a service error on Highland ended things in favor of Winfield-Mount Union 25-21.
In the second the Huskies used five-point serving streaks from Aly Stokes and Alyssa Brase to bury the Lady Wolves 25-18 and tie things up 1-1.
Highland continued to keep things close in the third and continued to look poised on defense. A Schneider put-back gave the ball at a 8-10 deficit and seemed to put momentum on their side. The Lady Wolves responded by reeling off five straight and eventually grew their to 12, winning by a score of 25-13.
The demoralizing third set was followed by a strong effort from the Huskies in the fourth set, but Highland’s serve-receive allowed back-to-back aces twice and seven total aces in the fourth set.
Schneider said they just need to continue to focus on the small things including initial receive and passes.
“Good passes and good sets make a good hit,” Schneider said.
The Huskies now have a week off to practice before they host part of the SEISC tournament on Thursday.
Winfield-Mount Union: 25; 18; 25; 25
Highland: 21; 25; 13; 16
Huskies drop five-set thriller
Highland lost a five-set match to Wapello on Tuesday, losing the final set by a score of 15-9.
Wapello’s 3-2 win (27-25, 25-27, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9) featured an opening set win for the Arrows. Highland then fought back to take the next two sets before dropping the fourth and the fifth.