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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Highlands Volleyball Bests County Rival

Highlands Earns First Win of Young Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Sophia Sarakatsannis (10) waits on the serve in a recent match.

The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team (1-1 overall) ventured to Alexandria and knocked off the county rival Campbell County Camels (0-2) by a 3-2 score (23-25, 25-13, 25-21, 22-25, 15-12) on Wednesday.

"Honestly, it lacked a bit of that intensity, which is something we worked on throughout the match," said Katelyn Sallee, Highlands Head Coach. "We work a lot on creating energy not just waiting for it to show up. I think that helped us pull out of some ruts. We still have some stuff to work on. I didn't like that we pulled it five. We need to seal the deal a bit sooner."

Highlands had 45 digs, 45 assists, five solo blocks, 76 digs and 16 aces. Seniors CC Shick and Nicole Ossege led the Bluebirds with 13 kills each. Shick also had two solo blocks, two assists, five digs and an ace. Ossege also had one solo block and five digs. Senior Avery Cavacini had eight kills and four digs with senior Lauren Buemi recording three kills, three aces, two solo blocks and two digs.

Senior Sophia Sarakatsannis led Highlands with 20 digs to go with four aces, one assist and six kills. Seniors Madison Clore and Honor Valentine followed with 16 and 14 digs respectively. Clore also had three assists and two aces with Valentine recording one dig and one ace.

Senior Madison Opitz did most of the setting with junior Kenzi Vennefron also seeing action there. Opitz had 34 assists, six digs and four aces with Vennefron recording four assists, four digs and one ace.

"We definitely jelled more together as a team," Opitz said. "We talked amongst ourselves (Tuesday) telling ourselves to stay out of our heads. We have to just communicate through every singe play so we can talk about it, reflect and then move on straight to the next play."

Highlands plays host to Beechwood (0-1) on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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