BANGOR — Just when sophomore Tasha Mitchell’s spained ankle was good enough to return to action, another Hillsboro player turned an ankle.
Senior Macy Mislivecek sprained her ankle early in the third-place match at Saturday’s Reedsburg Invitational.
The Tigers rallied around their hobbled senior and behind seven kills from Mitchell swept Fort Atkinson, 25–29, 25–19, to finish third at the 10-team tournament.
Hillsboro (18–9–1, 9–1 SBC) opened the day with a 26–24, 25–17 loss to Oregon, before defeating Sparta 25–8, 25–22 and splitting with Fort Atkinson, 19–25, 27–25, in pool play.
The Tigers earned a spot in the gold bracket, but fell to eventual runner-up Cuba City in the semifinals.
Oregon swept the Cubans in the championship 25–21, 25–10.
“It was a very long week for us, playing a total of 22 sets and dealing with multiple injuries,” said Hillsboro head coach Mark Sullivan. “I am very proud of how the girls came through the week leading the conference at 9–1. I think we ran out of gas at the Reedsburg Tournament, but look to return to a more normal week as we go on the road to New Lisbon and Cashton this week.”
Last Tuesday, Sami Levy posted eight kills to lead Hillsboro to an easy 25–16, 25–21, 25–13 sweep of host Necedah.
Last Thursday, the Tigers picked up a pair of conference victories at the SBC Wonewoc–Center Quad.
First the Tigers defeated Royall 25–12, 20–25, 25–13, 25–16.
Levy had 12 kills, while Mitchell had seven kills and three blocks in her first match since injuring her ankle against Wonewoc–Center on Sept. 19.
In the nightcap Hillsboro avenged its only SBC loss of the season defeating the host Wolves in five sets 22–25, 25–20, 25–16, 22–25, 15–13.
Levy smashed 16 kills, while Mitchell added 13.
Sophomore Mackenzie Sullivan posted 23 assists, eight kills, two blocks and two aces.
The Tigers (18–9–1) traveled to New Lisbon on Tuesday and will next travel to Cashton tonight. They will then host Bangor on Tuesday.