|Highlands Soccer Wins Again; Volleyball Loses to Region Power|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore CC Shick (right) goes up for a kill in a recent game.|
Highlands (6-0-4 overall) shut out the Beechwood Lady Tigers, 4-0 on Tuesday at Tower Park. The Bluebirds moved to 4-0-1 in 9th Region play.
"They've been trending upwards in terms of their skill," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "They definitely have a good amount of skill and they definitely play with effort. (Beechwood Head Coach Josh Young) is in his first year, but he definitely did a good job making sure that his girls played hard."
Sophomore Faith Broering found fellow sophomore Jade Rehberger for the first goal to put Highlands up 1-0 with 28 minutes left in the first half. The Bluebirds led by that score at halftime.
Senior Maria Broering had two goals in the second half. One came on an assist from sister Faith Broering. Senior Lauren Deckert had a free kick for a score with 17 minutes left in the game to make the final score.
"We talked about it halftime. Do whatever you can to get your body on the ball and into the goal," Dean said. "Be hungry for the goal. Some of us are almost there. But we need someone to be hungrier, hungrier and hungrier not just in big games, but in every single game of the year."
Maria Broering moved into a tie with sophomore Chloe Bramble for the most goals on the team with seven. Faith Broering leads Highlands with eight assists.
"We've been playing a lot, but that's not stopping us," said Kenzie Nehus, Highlands junior. "Everyone is bringing the hustle and playing 110 percent each and every game no matter what game it is. We're still going at it."
Highlands takes on host Lexington Catholic (8-0-1) at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Lexington Catholic Cup. The final games of the tournament take place Saturday.
St. Henry 3, Highlands 1:
The Bluebirds (10-2 overall) hoped to show they've come closer to standing toe-to-toe with the two-time defending 9th Region champions. Highlands saw its nine-game winning streak snapped in the process.
Highlands managed to take a set, but could not pull off the victory over the Lady Crusaders (7-5). After losing the first set, 25-16, Highlands won the second one 25-21. But St. Henry took the third and fourth sets, 25-12 and 25-16.
The teams have met every year dating back to at least 2002 and St. Henry has won every meeting during that time. The Bluebirds have managed to take one set one other time in a 3-1 defeat on Sept. 7, 2016 in all those matches. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association went to rally-scoring in 2015.
Highlands hit just .105 in the match connecting for 34 kills on 143 attempts with 19 errors. Sophomore middle blocker CC Shick led the way with 13 kills to go with one solo and two combined blocks. Senior outside hitter Casey Dunn put together another strong game with nine kills, four aces and eight digs.
Highlands also had 34 assists, six aces, 55 digs, three solo and eight combined blocks. Senior setter Audrey Graves had 32 assists to go with two aces and 10 digs. Senior middle blocker Ava Hockney had eight kills, two digs and two combo blocks. Sophomore Lauren Buemi had two kills, three digs, two solo and two three assisted blocks.
The defensive specialists helped give Highlands chances offensively. Seniors Rylee Kirschenbaum and Brooke Biltz had 16 and 10 digs respectively and sophomore Madison Clore had five.
Highlands plays host to Newport Central Catholic (2-4) on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Heat Index forces Cancellation:
The high heat index forced the cancellation of the Highlands match against St. Henry at AJ Jolly Golf Course. Highlands is scheduled to face Bishop Brossart at Highland Country Club on Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m.