|Bluebirds Earn 22nd Win of Season|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Lauren Buemi (middle) waits for a signal in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team (22-6 overall) bested the Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers (14-8), 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-9) in a non-region match Tuesday at Russell Bridges Gym.
Highlands had 53 kills, 54 assists, 86 digs, six solo blocks, three assisted blocks and nine aces. Senior Lauren Buemi had 11 kills, one solo block, one assisted block, two digs and three aces. Senior CC Shick had 19 kills, one solo, one assisted block, 11 digs and one ace.
"Unfortunately, we dug ourselves some holes here and there. I think we dropped the ball on some controllable (things) at different points throughout the match," said Katelyn Sallee, Highlands Head Coach. "But to come back definitively and close the door with a lot of authority in the fifth was really good to see. I don't think this team would ever fold because they're pretty tough and they give me every thing every night. But there wasn't even that mental lapse. They stayed pretty focused and stayed together. That was pretty cool to watch. It was a long night. But they did a good job."
Senior Sophia Sarakatsannis had 12 kills, one solo block, one assisted block, 18 digs, two aces and one assist for Highlands. Senior Avery Cavacini had three kills and three solo blocks. Senior Nicole Ossege had eight kills and four digs.
"I think we were all feeling super prideful and confident," Ossege said. "We were all trusting each other. After we beat (Covington) Holy Cross to win the Cake Classic, Coach (Sallee) said we reached the next level. I think that helped because Simon Kenton is up or down. I feel like (the Lady Pioneers) were up (Tuesday). I think all that carried into the fact we were able to win this game."
Senior setter Madison Opitz had 44 assists and eight digs for the Bluebirds. Junior setter Kenzi Vennefron had five assists and two digs.
Senior Madison Clore led the Bluebirds with 30 digs, three assists and two aces. Senior Honor Valentine had nine digs and one ace.
The Bluebirds take on Dayton (6-20) at Russell Bridges Gym on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.
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