WONEWOC–The Hillsboro volleyball team was knocked off its perch atop the Scenic Bluffs Conference standings Thursday night with a five-set loss at rival Wonewoc–Center.
Despite an impressive all-around performance from junior Mackenzie Sullivan, that included a triple–double of 19 kills, 17 assists, 35 digs, two blocks and two aces, the pesky Wolves handed the Tigers their first loss in conference in six conference matches this season, 25–16, 18–25, 25–21, 21–25, 15–12.
“It was a back and forth match like usual with rival Wonewoc–Center,” said Hillsboro head coach Mark Sullivan. “Both teams went on runs and both teams had some rough patches. The effort by both teams was exceptional.”
Hillsboro held a 9–6 lead in the fifth and decisive set, but became a bit conservative as Wonewoc–Center scored nine of the final 12 points to pull out the victory.
“Wonewoc made more aggressive plays to beat us 15–12,” said Sullivan. “I was happy with our effort. This type of match helps a team grow and become tougher which will be good for us as the season continues. Give credit to Wonewoc. They played a great match.”
Junior Tasha Mitchell had 22 kills and five blocks in the loss. Brittany Borchardt made 54 digs and Courtney Fanta passed out 17 assists.
Last Tuesday night Hillsboro dropped the first set of a SBC match at Brookwood, but battled back to earn a four-set win, 23–25, 25–18, 25–22, 25–23.
Mitchell was the Tigers’ player of the match with 24 kills, 27 digs and seven blocks.
Sullivan added 16 kills, 27 digs and 15 assists.
“This was a tough match for us,” said Sullivan. “Brookwood seemed to have more energy and hustle that night, but we were able to weather the storm and make enough plays to win the match. Tasha had one of her best all-around nights of the season.”
Hillsboro (8–10, 5–1 Scenic Bluffs) hosted Bangor Tuesday night and will have the rest of the week off before hosting Necedah on Tuesday.