|Highlands Volleyball, Girls Soccer Record Convincing 9th Region Wins|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. The Highlands volleyball team celebrates a point in a recent game.|
It turned out not to be an issue as Highlands beat Covington Holy Cross, 7-0 facing its second 35th District opponent in as many days. Highlands recorded 34 shots including 14 on goal to four shots with three on goal for Holy Cross. Highlands is 10-4 overall and 6-0 in 9th Region play.
"We didn't really change anything," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "We put some girls in there we knew would give us high energy even if they haven't started in the past. We put some in early and we continued to go forward from there. We wanted to go 80 minutes of high energy and not waste any days."
Juniors Maggie Hinegardner and Rylee Thomas both saw action for the Bluebirds. Hinegardner had one save and Thomas two. This marked the eighth shutout of the season for the Bluebirds.
"We're very proud of our shutouts," said Parker Price, Highlands junior defender. "One of our goals is to beat last year's amount. The ball stopped at the midfield. Most of the time, they were pressuring us while we passed around them."
Highlands senior Lindsey Meyer led the way with two goals and an assist. She has 15 goals and six assists on the season for 36 points. Junior Maria Wiefering scored twice to push her total to nine goals.
Junior Maria Broering, sophomore Kenzie Nehus and junior Amy Herfel had the other three goals for Highlands. Junior Kelsey Mathis, junior Tatum Price, sophomore Greta Noble, Nehus and junior Abby Stein added assists.
The game against Notre Dame starts at 4 p.m. Saturday in Park Hills.
Highlands 3, Conner 0:
The Bluebirds handled the Lady Cougars quickly by 25-8, 25-19, 25-14 scores. Highlands is 18-5 overall and 9-4 in 9th Region play.
"It was pretty smooth sailing," said Katelyn Sallee, Highlands Head Coach. "We led the whole time. Our focus was staying in control of the momentum of the match and we did that well."
Highlands recorded 38 kills and assists, five aces, 42 digs, three solo blocks and two assisted blocks. Senior Margot Seidel led the Bluebirds with 14 kills and five digs. Junior setter Audrey Graves had 33 assists, two aces and 10 digs with senior Olivia Gessner recording 11 digs and four assists. Junior Brooke Biltz had 10 digs with freshman CC Shick tallying 13 kills and junior Ava Hockney putting down six kills.
"That's something we've been working on trying to get our middles more involved," Sallee said. "In previous years, we've kind of been outside heavy. This year, we still have a presence out there, but it's exciting to have options in the middle with Ava and CC just really trying to balance things more. We did that well."
Sophomore Laura Winkler celebrated her birthday with three kills and a dig for the Bluebirds. Highlands hit .400 with six errors on 80 attempts. Sallee said a .300-plus hitting percentage is a solid night for outside hitters and she wants the middle hitters in the upper .300 to .400 range.
"We had a lot of funny moments so we got closer (as a team)," Winkler said. "We ran more plays and were able to increase (teammates' playing time) because we won sort of easily in two of the sets. (Freshman defensive specialist) Madison (Clore) went in so that really helped her gain some more experience. It makes you more used to the pace and makes you more ready when you go in."
Highlands plays at Simon Kenton on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Highlands-Simon Kenton Cancelled:
The match was called off Wednesday because Simon Kenton did not have enough players to play. The Region 6 Tournament is Monday at Twin Oaks Golf Course in Covington.