|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Maddie McCoy goes up for a spike in a recent game. Highlands went 1-1 to open the September Slam at Scott on Friday.|
The Ladybirds (3-5 overall) knocked off Covington Holy Cross, 2-0 (25-18, 25-21) and lost to the host Lady Eagles, 2-0 (25-18, 25-21). Highlands had been battling some injuries in the last week, but everyone came back healthy Thursday.
"I really don't feel that we were freaking out," said Katelyn Sallee, Highlands Head Coach. "It was like, 'Alright, now it's time.' Let's take a deep breath. We have our team back as a whole and let's pick up the momentum."
Margot Seidel had nine kills and give aces against Holy Cross and Gracie Schweitzer had 12 digs. Sophomore setter Audrey Graves had 18 assists, three aces, five digs and a kill.
Scott has won three straight 10th Region championships and ended up losing to Oldham County, 2-0 (25-22, 25-18) in the tournament championship game Saturday. Graves had 21 assists in that game to go with three aces with Seidel recording 12 digs and Olivia Gessner making 10. Casey Dunn had seven kills with Ava Hockney and Seidel making four kills each.
"Everyone on the team is real close and everyone has been playing together for a long time, especially the young people," said Skyler Phillips, Highlands senior setter/outside hitter. "We have a lot of team bonding and we really love our coaches. That's really important to us and I think that's what helps everything so smoothly. (The coaches) are really persistent. They don't give up during games. If we lose a point, it's okay. No one gets down."
Highlands takes on Boone County back in Taylor Mill. Game time is 9 a.m. Saturday.