Toppers Battle At Grace Tournament

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It was a roller coaster weekend for the Hillsboro volleyball team as they went 2-3 and finished in eighth place at the Montgomery County Invitational - A Grace Filled Tourney on Sept. 13-14.

All three Hillsboro losses would be close, including the one they suffered in their opening game against South County on Friday in Nokomis. After dropping the first game against the Vipers 27-25, Hillsboro tried to claw their way back, but fell to the Waverly-Franklin co-op 25-20. The loss would be the only straight set loss of the tournament for the Toppers.

Hillsboro would shake off the loss though and pull out two wins to finish 2-1 in the Grace Pool on Friday. After a razor thin 26-24 win over Edinburg in the first game, the Toppers steam-rolled the Wildcats by a 25-5 margin in game two.

The match-up with Father McGivney would be closer to the first game with Edinburg than the second, with Hillsboro taking a 25-21, 26-24 victory over the Griffins.

The two wins would put Hillsboro in the Silver Bracket, which was a murder's row this year. Not only did the group contain a solid North Mac squad, but it also held last year's top two finishers of the tournament, Auburn and Vandalia.

The Lady Hiltoppers would draw the defending champion Trojans in their first game at Lincolnwood on Saturday and kept it close before dropping game one 25-20. Hillsboro would rebound though, sending the game to a deciding third set after a decisive 25-12 victory by the orange and black. Playing to 15, Auburn regrouped after the 13-point loss and narrowly beat the Toppers 15-13 to relegate Hillsboro to the seventh place game.

That match-up with North Mac had some similarities to their first game on Saturday for HHS. Again the Toppers fell in the opening game, 25-22, but rallied to send it to a third set with a 25-20 win.

Once again the rubber match would be a close one, but North Mac would pull out the five point victory 15-10.

The seventh place game was Hillsboro's third three-set match in six games, going back to their Sept. 12 victory over Southwestern. In that match-up, Hillsboro lost the first set 25-18, then won the next two 25-17, 25-16 to pick up their second win of the season.

Now 4-6 on the season, Hillsboro starts the week off at home against Father McGivney Catholic in a rematch of their final pool play game. After that, they will take on Staunton, who won this year's Grace Filled Tourney over Roxana in the Gold Bracket.

September 12 at Hillsboro

Hillsboro 18 25 25

Southwestern 25 17 16

Service Points: Chloe Beck 10, Kayli Ward 6, Maria Hernandez 5, Haley Major 3, Aly Devore 2, Reagan DeVaisher 1.

Aces: Haley Major 2, Chloe Beck 1.

Kills: Kayli Ward 16, Kaci Papin 9, Haley Major 5, Chloe Beck 4, Emma Miller 2.

Assists: Jordan Jacobs 11, Reagan DeVaisher 9, Chloe Beck 4, Paige Roemelin 1, Ally Devore 1, Emma Miller 1, Emily Reynolds 1.

Digs: Ally Devore 12, Haley Major 5, Maria Hernandez 5, Jordan Jacobs 5, Paige Roemelin 3, Chloe Beck 3, Reagan DeVaisher 2, Kayli Ward 1, Emily Reynolds 1.

Blocks: Kayli Ward 3, Emma Miller 2, Kaci Papin 1.

September 13 at Nokomis

A Grace Filled Tourney Grace Pool

Hillsboro 25 20

South County 27 25

Hillsboro Statistics

Service Points: Haley Major 7, Reagan DeVaisher 5, Maria Hernandez 4. Aces: Haley Major 2, Reagan DeVaisher 1, Kayli Ward 1, Maria Hernandez 1. Kills: Kaci Papin 5, Kayli Ward 4, Haley Major 3, Chloe Beck 2, Emma Miller 2, Paige Roemelin 1. Assists: Reagan DeVaisher 13, Jordan Jacobs 5. Digs: Ally Devore 5. Blocks: Emma Miller 2, Haley Major 2, Kaci Papin 1.

September 13 at Nokomis

A Grace Filled Tourney Grace Pool

Hillsboro 26 25

Edinburg 24 5

Service Points: Ally Devore 15, Haley Major 8, Emily Reynolds 5, Paige Roemelin 5. Aces: Ally Devore 5, Haley Major 4, Emily Reynolds 1. Kills: Kayli Ward 7, Kaci Papin 5, Chloe Beck 4, Haley Major 1. Assists: Reagan DeVaisher 11, Jordan Jacobs 3. Digs: Haley Major 6, Ally Devore 5. Blocks: Chloe Beck 1, Paige Roemelin 1.

September 13 at Nokomis

A Grace Filled Tourney Grace Pool

Hillsboro 25 26

Father McGivney 21 24

Hillsboro Statistics

Service Points: Emily Reynolds 5. Aces: Haley Major 1, Kayli Ward 1, Chloe Beck 1. Kills: Kaci Papin 11, Kayli Ward 10, Chloe Beck 4. Assists: Reagan DeVaisher 11, Jordan Jacobs 10. Digs: Ally Devore 9, Haley Major 5. Blocks: Haley Major 2, Kaci Papin 1, Emma Miller 1, Kayli Ward 1.

September 14 at Raymond

A Grace Filled Tourney Silver Semifinal

Hillsboro 20 25 13

Auburn 25 12 15

Hillsboro Statistics

Service Points: Ally Devore 14, Kayli Ward 8. Aces: Ally Devore 4, Kayli Ward 3, Emily Reynolds 2. Kills: Kayli Ward 11, Kaci Papin 6. Assists: Jordan Jacobs 8, Reagan DeVaisher 6. Digs: Haley Major 9, Ally Devore 7, Kayli Ward 5. Blocks: Kaci Papin 4, Haley Major 3, Chloe Beck 2.

September 14 at Raymond

A Grace Filled Tourney 7th Place

Hillsboro 22 25 10

North Mac 25 20 15

Hillsboro Statistics

Service Points: Kayli Ward 7, Reagan DeVaisher 5, Chloe Beck 5. Aces: Chloe Beck 2. Kills: Kaci Papin 10, Kayli Ward 9. Assists: Reagan DeVaisher 12, Jordan Jacobs 5. Digs: Haley Major 6, Ally Devore 4. Blocks: Kaci Papin 3, Haley Major 3.

Record: Hillsboro (4-6). 

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