The Hillsboro volleyball team held off a second set charge from Gillespie to sweep the Miners on Thursday, Oct. 10, and pick up their 14th win of the season.
After Hillsboro made quick work of the visitors from Macoupin County by a 25-9 final score in game one, fans got their money's worth in game two as the Hiltoppers held on in a 27-25 thriller.
Chloe Beck would lead a serving game that racked up 12 aces against the Miners as she scored 11 points and had two aces. Ally Devore was one of three players with three aces and had nine points, while Haley Major and Kayli Ward also had three aces, with seven and five points respectively.
Defensively, Devore and Beck were at the top again as both finished with ten digs in the game. Major (five), Reagan DeVaisher (four), Ward (two), Emily Reynolds (two), Jordan Jacobs (two) and Rylee Schmollinger (one) also contributed digs. Closer to the net, Emma Miller added two blocks while Kaci Papin had one.
On the attack, Jacobs and DeVashier led the way in assists with five each.
The win improved Hillsboro's overall record to 14-8 on the season and 4-1 in the South Central Conference. They have two tough SCC contests coming up this week, starting with Vandalia on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at home. Then on Thursday, Oct. 17, the Toppers will travel to Macoupin County to face the Carlinville Cavaliers.
Hillsboro also learned this past week that they will face another SCC foe in the first round of regionals, which begin on Monday, Oct. 28.
The seventh seed in their subsectional, Hillsboro will take on 11th seeded Greenville, who is the regional host. If the Toppers can win that game, they will face another SCC team in the regional semifinal in third seeded Staunton. Carlyle (#8), Wesclin (#9) and Breese Central (#2) are on the other side of the bracket in the Greenville Regional, which feeds into the Trenton Wesclin Sectional on Nov. 4, along with the winners of the East Alton-Wood River, Trico and Pinckneyville regionals.
October 10 at Hillsboro
Gillespie 9 25
Hillsboro 25 27
Service Points: Chloe Beck 11, Ally Devore 9, Haley Major 7, Kayli Ward 5, Emily Reynolds 2, Reagan DeVaisher 1. Aces: Ally Devore 3, Haley Major 3, Kayli Ward 3, Chloe Beck 2, Emily Reynolds 1. Assists: Jordan Jacobs 5, Reagan DeVaisher 5, Emily Reynolds 2, Haley Major 2, Chloe Beck 1. Digs: Ally Devore 10, Chloe Beck 10, Haley Major 5, Reagan DeVaisher 4, Kayli Ward 2, Emily Reynolds 2, Jordan Jacobs 2, Rylee Schmollinger 1. Blocks: Emma Miller 2, Kaci Papin 1.
Record: Hillsboro (14-8, 4-1).
Class 2A Volleyball
Monday, October 28
5:30 p.m. - #8 Carlyle vs. #9 Wesclin
6:30 p.m. - #7 Hillsboro vs. #11 Greenville
Tuesday, October 29
5:30 p.m. - #2 Breese Central vs. #8 Carlyle/#9 Wesclin
6:30 p.m. - #3 Staunton vs. #7 Hillsboro/#11 Greenville
Thursday, October 31
6 p.m. - Regional Championship