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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday Highlands Round-Up

Highlands Boys Soccer, Volleyball Cruise to Victories

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands seniors Margot Seidel (left) and Olivia Gessner (right) pose with their families on Senior Day against Bellevue on Tuesday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (14-1-3 overall) ended the game just several minutes into the second half in a convincing 10-0 9th Region win over the visiting Beechwood Tigers (4-11-2). Highlands is 7-0 in region play.

Highlands out-shot Beechwood, 21-2 including 12-1 on goal. Bluebirds senior goalkeeper Will Burnham stopped the only Tigers shot on net.

"We looked at it as opportunity to work on some things with the post-season on the horizon," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "The last few games, we haven't been terribly dynamic up top. It's kind of been very straight line runs almost like we're playing offensively in some sort of zone at times. Before the game got going, I encouraged the guys to get creative up top with their runs. I wanted to make sure the outside back guys got forward and contributed offensively as well as defensively. I thought we looked pretty strong. I think we allowed ourselves some room to try some things. It ended up working out really well. No matter who the opponent is. We have to respect them. Beechwood has some (nice) players. We just came out with the right start."

Highlands senior forward Cary Gorrigan recorded a hat trick with four goals in the victory doubling his total of the season to eight. Gorrigan also has an assist for a total of 17 points.

"(Tuesday) showed we have immense depth," Gorrigan said. "Everyone that is an attacking player can score. We have an extreme amount of chemistry because we have played so many years together. When given the opportunity, every player can put some in the back of the net. No matter who is on the field, we are dangerous."

Sophomore Max Farris added two goals and one assist. He has a team-high 10 goals and five assists on the season for a team-high 25 points. Juniors Porter Hedenberg, Caymon Stevie, sophomores Garrett Crowe and Brayden Gillman had the other four goals. Senior Adrian Mills added another assist.

Highlands travels to Cincinnati Madeira (Ohio) on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.

Highlands 3, Bellevue 0:

The Bluebirds (23-9 overall) cruised to a 25-4, 25-2, 25-8 win on Senior Night. They finished a convincing 4-0 in 36th District seed play and are 12-4 against 9th Region opponents.

"I think they want to do their best in every situation," said Katelyn Sallee, Highands Head Coach. "They look forward to every opportunity to pass well, set well and pass well. I think they kind of pride themselves on that."

The two Highlands seniors are libero Olivia Gessner and outside hitter Margot Seidel. Highlands Sallee said Seidel had another solid all-around night with 16 kills, four aces and two digs. Gessner took off the libero jersey and recorded four kills in the game to go with six aces and four digs. Junior setter Audrey Graves added eight aces, five digs and 23 assists. Highlands had 30 kills, 23 aces, two blocks and 18 digs.

"Senior Night was a lot of fun," Gessner said. "The whole team really made us feel loved and special."

Highlands takes on Copper in Union on Thursday to conclude the regular season. Game time is 7 p.m.

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