Huskies garner league win No. 1Highland takes the first two games before sealing the match in the fourth game
RIVERSIDE — Highland took three of four games against Wapello, Tuesday, at home for its first conference win of the season.
Junior Kelsey Craig and junior Morgan Craig each had a team-high eight kills. Junior Chelsey Lampe had seven kills with a team-best 29 attack attempts.
Highland took the opening game 25-20.
The second game was more competitive. After a 19-19 tie, the Huskies scored five of the next seven points before closing it out 25-22, for a 2-0 lead that was far from over.
“[Wapello] is a good team,” said head coach Chris Rath. “They have a lot of quality there. They made the errors early and we made the errors late. If they hadn’t made the errors earlier, it would have been a closer game than what it was.”
Wapello forced a fourth game, as it came out on fire in the third game. It led 9-2 and 11-4, as Highland never appeared to be in the game. Wapello finished the game with its largest advantage of the game 25-17.
“I thought we played better defense the first few games,” she said. “The second games we weren’t moving quite as well so our defense wasn’t quite as good.”
Wapello looked set to force a fifth game. It took another strong lead out of the gate 4-0.
“We’re lucky,” Rath said. “I think our errors started taking over. We started making more errors than they did. We started falling apart a little bit. We just needed to get back on groove and it took them a long time to do that.”
The Huskies answered with six in a row prior to taking a 10-5 lead.
Highland went up 22-14 in what appeared to be an insurmountable lead. Wapello scored the next seven points in hot spell.
Highland then took the match on a controversial play. On a night where every inch was crucial, the Huskies appeared to touch the ball as it was going out. They were awarded the point on for a 25-23 clinching win.
“I think it was [the longest point of the night]; it was a good rally,” she said. “I wish it was a little cleaner. Both teams were being scrappy and getting the little things. It was nice to see, but we got to get rid of some errors.”
The Huskies had negative kill efficiency at .091, ultimately relying on their serves in the wins.
“Serves. Our serves were good, we were passing decent, that helped,” she said. “We got to work on our hitting errors.”
The Huskies hit serves at a 94.4 percent clip as senior Lindsey Cavin, junior Courtnee Hahn and freshman Kelsey Hora hit a combined 31-31.
Senior Katlin Hora led the team with nine assists. Craig had a team-high eight digs. Lampe lead the team in aces with six.
Highland improves to 6-6 with and 1-1 in the Southeast Iowa Super conference.
“It’s good but it’s not as good as I hoped it would be,” she said. “I hoped we would play a little bit better at the end.”