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The Highland volleyball team hosted five schools in the Highland volleyball tournament on Saturday, September 3. The Huskies went undefeated in pool play and beat Columbus 21-6, 21-13 to take first place.
Senior Amy Schnoebelen and the Huskies have won four in a row and are undefeated on their home court. “It feels really good,” said Schnoebelen after the championship match. “We were really loud and cheerful, you could tell.
“I thought we really worked well as a team, we talked, we moved our feet. It was really good, we did really good today.”
Schnoebelen had six digs and three assists for Highland, while Bailey Harmston led the team with four kills on 12 attacks. Sydney Black added three kills on eight attacks.
The Huskies won matches with Waco and Louisa-Muscatine to finish on top of Pool A and advance to the first place match. Aly Stokes led the team with 12 kills in pool play.
“We played our game, and not their game,” Coach Rath said of her team’s success.
“In the Columbus game, we kept tipping and pushing. Against L&M and Waco too, I told the girls to play our game and get the ball down, because it’s not coming back. Once they started doing that, it made a huge difference.
A big part of the Huskies fifteen point win in the first set of the championship match was a long Highland run served by Sydney Black. Black was 15-15 serving for the match and 31-32 for the day, while Stokes was 11-12 in the match with three aces.
“We do have some good servers that can really float a ball pretty well,” Coach Rath said. “It can surprise you sometimes, and it surprises us with how well they can trick a team. Sometimes they get on a roll and its great to see.”
Highland improves to 8-4 on the season with the sweep of their three tournament opponents.
“We really enjoy it,” said Coach Rath of hosting the event.
“It gives us a look at conference play, we try to get some of our conference teams here so we can see what it’s going to be like when we play them in conference. Its fun, we like to do an early season tournament and it helps out a lot.”
Highland tops WMU
The Highland varsity volleyball team picked up the first conference win of the year on Thursday, September 1 with a four-set win over Winfield Mt Union, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-19.
“We had a good night,” said Coach Chris Rath.
“The first game we played well. In the second game we had a lot of errors, we worked hard coming back but we couldn’t get the second game. The girls put it back together and played like a team in the third and fourth games.”
Aly Stokes had 27 attacks and 11 kills, five solo blocks, and was 15-16 serving with an ace. Kelsey Hora was 23-23 with three aces and had 16 digs.
“Aly and Kelsey had a good night, but we had a lot of others set up with some great plays to help the team out tonight,” Coach Rath said. “Murphy Beinhart had some great digs and Sydney Black helped us in both hitting and serving.”
Amy Schnoebelen led the team in assists with 15 was 18-18 serving. Beinhart followed with 12 assists. Black had 24 attacks, eight kills and eight assists, while Bailey Harmston had 20 attacks, six kills.