The Highland High School volleyball team thumped visiting Jerseyville, 25-17, 25-11, Tuesday, Sept. 19 and edged host Waterloo, 30-32, 25-12, 25-13, to run its unbeaten streak to eight matches.
Highland has reeled off 7-0-1 streak to improve to 14-3-1 overall and remain undefeated in the Mississippi Valley Conference at 4-0.
“I am happy with where we’re at and where we are heading,” Highland coach Katelyn Hagarty said. “I am looking forward to the rest of the season and seeing all of the potential and what the girls can do. I feel like now we’re just getting in the swing of playing conference schools. I think that anything can happen because (volleyball) is such a momentum game, and whoever is mentally strong. I feel like we’re starting to build the confidence out there, and I like the way we’re playing right now and where we’re at.”
HHS 2, Waterloo 1
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After being edged in an epic see-saw battle that went well past the regular final game score of 25, the Highland Lady Bulldogs did not let the tough loss bother them. They rolled over Waterloo in the next two sets, 25-12, 25-13 to extend the team’s unbeaten streak to eight.
Junior middle hitter Claire Diercks was a force all match long as she blasted out nine kills to help power Highland to its second three-set win over Waterloo this season, the first in conference play. Diercks also hammered out four service aces.
Junior libero Emmy Nyquist refused to let balls hit the floor all match long as she executed an impressive 25 digs.
Also stepping up big for the HHS Bulldogs were sophomore setter Megan Vidmar with 15 assists, three aces and one kill; junior outside hitter Megan Ramsey with five kills, nine digs, one block assist and one ace; and junior outside hitter Jennessa Kimmle with three kills, six digs and one solo block.
Highland also received a team-best four aces from junior right-side hitter Abby Beyer, three kills and one block assist from sophomore middle hitter Sydney Coker, two kills and one dig from senior right-side hitter Megan Sands.
HHS 2, Jerseyville 0
Against Jerseyville, Highland held a decisive advantage in both kills (16-5) and service aces (13-3).
The Bulldogs showed off their balanced offensive attack as five different players shared the team’s total of 16 kills, led by Diercks with five kills. She also added two aces, one block assist and one dig.
Kimmle and Ramsey finished right behind Diercks with four kills apiece. Kimmle also led the way among five players who contributed aces, swatting out five of them to go with nine digs. Ramsey also had five digs, one solo block and one block assist.
Nyquist was not only the top Bulldog in digs, but she was also the best in the match with a baker’s dozen (13) of them. She also chipped in three aces. Vidmar handed out 16 assists and had one ace and one dig.
Highland also received two kills and one dig from Coker, senior middle hitter Morgan Mesle with one kill and two digs; Beyer with two aces; and Sands with one block assist and one dig.