SPARTA — Facing a daunting task against an opponent that seemed to have most of the answers, the Highland volleyball team found a way Thursday.
Buckeye Valley dictated the tempo and controlled the net for most of the match, but a resilient Highland squad found the way to pull out a 25-19, 16-25, 25-15, 26-24 victory in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Highland.
“Buckeye Valley played really well. They blocked us well and dug us well,” said Highland coach Rob Terrill. “They controlled the tempo. We knew we had to pass and serve receive to stay with them, but they were able to take us out with their hitting.”
It didn’t look like it would be tough for the Scots (3-0 overall, 1-0 MOAC) early, as they rolled to a 15-4 lead in the first game. But, the Barons (1-2, 0-1) were able to close the gap and made a game of it before falling.
The momentum gained from the comeback stayed with the Barons in the second game. Trailing 8-4, BV rolled off five points in a row, then the final six of the game to grab Game 2.
Errors were a big problem for the Scots in the opening two games, as they committed 11 and 13 errors, respectively.