Huskies fall to Mediapolis in three blowouts
MEDIAPOLIS — Highland struggled against perennial volleyball favorite Mediapolis, as it dropped all three games.
The scores of the games were 12-25, 13-25 and 11-25.
“If we could eliminate some errors our scores would be a lot closer,” said Highland head coach Chris Rath. “We are still working on that part.”
Mediapolis remained undefeated with an 8-0 record. It has yet to drop a single game.
“Mediapolis is always a good power team,” she said. “They have a lot of good volleyball there. They have a lot of good height, not just one or two people. They have a lot of girls that jump and hit very good.”
Junior Chelsey Lampe led her team in several statistical categories. She had 15 attack attempts, five kills, three blocks and had perfect serving on four serves.
“She was our spark plug that got us through this,” Chris Rath said. “She did a great job last night.”
Senior Jordan Rath had steady contributions. She had 13 attack attempts and the highest number of serves with a perfect mark with eight.
“Jordan has been really consistent for us lately,” she said. The last two tournaments have been good from the whole team. We served in the 40s and missed four serves.”
Freshman Kelsey Hora had a team-high nine digs. Junior Morgan Craig was just behind her with seven digs.
“[Hora] is just a freshman, so she is jumping into that [libero] assignment,” she said. “She is a very quick player. She is helping us in the libero spot now. She reads the court very well. Kelsey was 9-for-10. She had some good serves.”
Junior Sam Dutton was active with 14 attack attempts.
The conference as a whole has upper and lower echelon teams. In Highland’s opener it ran into the title favorite.
“I think our conference is up-and-down competitiveness,” she said. “We have upper and lower level teams. Mediapolis is at the top of our conference. They have been top of the conference the last four years I’ve been coaching.”
Highland came into the match at 5-2 following two tournaments. A single game presents a different format and routine.
“There are freshman and junior varsity games before, you so you are sitting around longer,” she said. “I thought the girls came out nice and fired up. They did a great job on the road. They did well on a spirit level.”
The tournaments Highland has been competing in have challenged the squad. All three of its losses came at the hands of ranked teams — Eddyville-Blakesburg, West Branch and Mediapolis.