Highlands volleyball shuts out Bellevue for seniors’ last home game


Megan Benzing

The Highlands varsity volleyball team stands together to recognize their seniors for the last home game of the season.

     Yesterday evening, October 14, junior varsity (JV) and varsity Highlands volleyball teams took on Bellevue for their last home game of the season. The matches started at 5:00 P.M. for JV and varsity began shortly thereafter.

     The JV team had a great start to their game; after their first break, the Birds were already up 11-3. With the game moving smoothly, so did the girls’ team spirit. Many players had the opportunity to have some kills, like sophomore Emma Daly and junior Madison Opitz. The first game ended with the Ladybirds in the lead 21-8. The team started slowly in the second game but after a while, the girls were on a roll. Their final score for their last game was 21-9, another win for the JV team.

     Like the JV team, the varsity team had a lively beginning. Their first game was very energetic, with many spike attempts. The girls were strong at the net and communicated well. The first two games went by quickly, with a score of 25-5 for the first game and 25-7 during the second, the Ladybirds winning both. During the third game, both teams started to slow down. The Birds got to show off some of their digging skills and had several spikes toward the end of the whole game, finishing with a final score of 25-12, Highlands. 

     Middle blocker CC Shick, junior, had a great game tonight, as did some of her fellow teammates. 

     With a total of 21 attack attempts, Shick pulled through with 12 kills, three spikes, seven digs, and no attack errors. She also had a very high attack percentage, getting a potential point for her team around 57% of the time.

     “We had good team chemistry and had a lot of fun. Everyone was there for each other and supported each other [throughout] the game,” Shick said.

     The Volleyball team will be heading to Districts on October 18 through the 24. Time and location are yet to be determined.