|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Members of the Highlands volleyball team celebrate a point in a recent game. The ladybirds celebrated our 36th district victory on Thursday.|
The Ladybirds have a nice mix of all grades represented. The staff just brought sophomore Rylee Kirschenbaum and freshman Laura Winkler up to dress with the varsity.
"I think we're just really trying to get into a rhythm right now," said Maddie McCoy, Highlands senior. "We've had our losing streak and I think it's put us down a bit. We're trying to come together as a team. I don't think we have that chemistry put together yet, but we'll get there."
Ava Hockney and Margot Seidel led Highlands with eight kills. Sophomore setter Audrey Graves had 24 assists and six aces. Seidel also had eight aces with Olivia Gessner recording 10 digs and Mary Claire Redden making two blocks.
Highlands plays in the September Slam at Scott on Friday against Covington Holy Cross. Game time is 8 p.m.
Highlands 10, Dayton 0:
The Ladybirds moved to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in 36th District action with another sound victory in Dayton. This one ended at halftime per Kentucky High School Athletic Association rules.
Highlands had 26 shots to none for Dayton. Sophomore Maggie Hinegardner played the entire half at goalkeeper.
Sophomore Maria Wiefering recorded her second straight three-goal performance and Lindsey Meyer also scored three times with Lauren Deckert scoring twice. Maria Broering and Katelynn Helminiak scored the other two Highlands goals. Deckert and Meyer also had assists. Hannah Buecker and Jordan Halpin had two assists each for the Ladybirds.
"All of the teams in the Freshman, JV and Varsity are definitely taking the (giving) 100 percent idea," said Isabella Thomas, Highlands senior. "The coaching staff has been saying that in the five years I've been at Highlands so they expect it and we expect it from each other."
Highlands plays host to the defending state champion West Jessamine Lady Colts on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m. at Tower Park.
St. Henry 2, Highlands 1:
The Bluebirds (4-2) dropped their second straight in Erlanger falling to 2-1 in 9th Region action. Luke Schweitzer scored the lone Highlands goal on an assist from Elias Ordonez.
Highlands had 11 shots with four on goal and St. Henry had 10 with six on goal. Will Burnham had four saves for the Bluebirds.
Highlands hits the road for a tough test Saturday at Louisville Trinity. Game time is 7 p.m.
Highlands-Cooper Game moved to Oct. 9:
The Highlands freshman team had a home game scheduled against Cooper. But when the varsity moved the Scott County game to Thursday from Friday. the game moved to Oct. 9.
Highlands travels to Campbell County on Thursday, Sept. 7. Game time is 6 p.m.