|Ladybird Volleyball, Soccer Victorious|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Joy Kappesser makes some signs in a recent game against Cooper.|
Not only would that add to a season-high since current Head Coach Katelyn Sallee took over in 2014, it would be the most wins in a season since 2010. The 2010 team was led by the likes of seniors Kelsey Dunn and junior Jesse Bryson, who is in her second year as head coach at George Rogers Clark in Winchester, Kentucky. Highlands finished 22-19 in 2010 and lost to Newport Central Catholic in both the 37th District and 10th Region Tournament championship games.
"We will be working to stay in control of the pace and momentum of each match," Sallee said. "Serve receive allows us to utilize our offense so we will continue to focus on that as well."
The Ladybirds quickly dispatched the Bellevue Lady Tigers, 3-0 (25-7, 25-6, 25-12) on the road on Tuesday to improve to 21-10 on the year. Highlands moved to 11-6 in 9th Region action and finished district seed play 3-1 on the year.
Highlands served 14 aces in the win and recorded 44 kills, three blocks and 51 assists. Senior Maddie McCoy led Highlands with five aces. Sophomore setter Audrey Graves had 42 assists with sophomores Casey Dunn and Ava Hockney recording 18 and 14 kills each. Highlands junior Olivia Gessner had 20 digs with senior Joy Kappesser recording two blocks.
"I think that says a lot about our competitiveness and desire to win and make our record better each time we play," McCoy said. "We all have the same goals, which is why we work well and have the record we do."
Highlands takes on Bishop Brossart on Thursday at 7 p.m. at home. The district tournament is next week at Newport.
Highlands 12, Bellevue 0:
The top-seeded Ladybirds soundly took out Bellevue in the 36th District semifinals at Newport.
Highlands moved to 15-4-1 on the year with the win. The Ladybirds had 35 shots to none for Bellevue. Sophomore Maria Broering led Highlands with three goals and an assist for seven points and sophomore Jordan Halpin had a goal and two assists for four points. Junior Lindsey Meyer added two goals. Kaitlyn Meyer, Maria Wiefering and Sophie Steppe had the other Highlands goals. Kelsey Mathis, Kaitlyn Helminiak and Kenzie Nehus added assists for the Ladybirds.
Highlands has six seniors total. Senior Molly Wiefering has not been able to play much this year because of injury. But that's not deterring her spirits.
"I think that this is one of the best teams we've ever had," Molly Wiefering said. "It's crazy to say this, but even though I'm not playing, this is my favorite season. That says a lot about the girls. They've made it amazing. They're all amazing people. I love watching them. I was upset at first. But even when they're out there, I still feel like a part of the team the entire time. We're like family and that helps a lot on and off the field."
Highlands plays Newport Central Catholic (13-3-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday for the district championship back at Newport.