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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday Sports Round-Up

Highlands Soccer, Volleyball, Frosh Football Post Victories

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands wide receiver Sam Vinson (3) looks for yards in a recent game while Diego Carlos (4) trails.
The Highlands volleyball team made it back above .500 at 7-6 overall with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-17) victory at Walton-Verona on Thursday.

Sophomore Casey Dunn had another good all-around game with 10 kills and 17 digs. Fellow sophomore Audrey Graves had 39 assists, two aces and an assist. Ava Hockney led the Ladybirds with 14 kills, two blocks and two aces. Gracie Schweitzer and Margot Seidel added two aces each.

"(In) the second set, we kind of hit a stumbling block, but we were able to get through that," said Katelyn Sallee, Highlands Head Coach. "In the third set, we just kind of pushed through it. We started off strong in that first set. It was nice to come in and take care of business."

The Ladybirds saw three players record double-digit digs. Seidel had 13 and Schweitzer had 11.

"We really have to trust our blockers," said Olivia Gessner, Highlands junior. "If our blocker is blocking line then we obviously don't have to play the line. If we don't have trust in our blockers, we're not always ready for the ball. It's basically based on where our block is lined up. We trust them to have that side of the court then we just defend the other side."

Highlands travels to Newport on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

Soccer, Boys:
Highlands 1, East Central (Indiana) 0:

The Bluebirds (6-3 overall) followed up the win at Newport Central Catholic on Tuesday with a non-region win at Tower Park. The Trojans beat the Covington Catholic Colonels, 1-0 on Aug. 16.

Elias Ordonez scored the game's lone goal. His fourth of the season tied teammate Nick Gish for the team-high on the season.

"We played most of the game in our offensive half," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "When we defended, we defended with urgency. We gave up a goal against NCC just from not stepping up to put pressure on them. We learned from it. We came out with intensity."

Highlands outshot East Central, 24-3 including 14-1 on goal. Junior Will Burnham had to make just one save for the Bluebirds.

"At those points in the game, we have to stick together and not let any ball through because one mistake can cause the whole game to be different even for as dominant as we were," said Will Hochleutner, Highlands junior defender. "The main thing you have to do is stay patient. You want to let the other person dribble a little, but you want them to make the mistake. You want to feed on that. That's when you attack and go for the ball."

The Bluebirds travel to Louisville Collegiate on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m. at the Champions Trace Athletic Complex.

Freshman, Football:
Highlands 25, Campbell County 13:

The Bluebirds moved to 2-0 on the season with the road win. Joe Buten had two rushing touchdowns for Highlands and also threw another touchdown to Dominic Robinson. Sam Vinson also hauled in a touchdown pass from Cam Hergott.

Highlands plays at Simon Kenton on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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