With a 3-2 record and three straight wins to their credit, the Southwestern Piasa Birds looked to be a good test for the Hillsboro High School volleyball team going into their game on Monday, March 26. If that was truly the case, the Toppers passed with flying colors.
Hillsboro picked up their third straight win of the season on Monday after beating the Piasa Birds in two games, 25-10 and 25-15.
It seemed as if the night belonged to Hillsboro from the start as they jumped out to an 8-1 lead behind the serving of Layne Rupert.
On the other end of the court, the Piasa Birds failed to get anything going and weren’t able to notch their first service point until their sixth rotation. By then the score was 16-6 and Hillsboro was in control.
With Jordan Jacobs serving, Hillsboro would string together another long run of points, upping their lead from 18-8 to 24-8 before Southwestern got the serve back for one last gasp.
They’d pick up two more points, but a serve into the net gave Hillsboro their winning point and a one game lead.
Any chance of a letdown after the strong showing in game one went out the window early in game number two.
Ally Devore served up nine straight points to start the match as the Piasa Birds struggled to stay in the contest. Southwestern would continue to string points together, with just one service point in the first five rotations.
Again Hillsboro’s lead would grow to 10 points, with the Toppers rarely going “one-and-done” with the ball in their possession. They would maintain that lead for much of the final half of the match, before Kaci Papin closed out the win with a pair of kills.
The spikes were a great example of Papin’s skill at the net, with one a laser shot that crashed into the face of the Southwestern libero and the other a finesse-filled tip over the outstretched hands of the Birds’ block for point number 25.
The win improved Hillsboro’s record to 4-2 on the season, with all six games coming in South Central Conference play.
The Toppers will get a break from the SCC this weekend as they take on Lincolnwood at 10 a.m. in Raymond.
March 29 at Hillsboro
Southwestern 10 15
Hillsboro 25 25
Records: Southwestern (3-3, 2-3); Hillsboro (4-2, 4-2).