Miami Trace volleyball beats Hillsboro

By Chris Hoppes -

The Miami Trace Lady Panther volleyball team returned to Miami Trace High School Thursday to take on the Hillsboro Lady Indians in an SCOL match.

Miami Trace bounced back from a 3-2 loss at McClain on Tuesday to post a 3-0 win over Hillsboro.

Scores of the games were: 25-23, 25-23 and 25-20.

“It was tight all the way through tonight,” Miami Trace head coach Doug Mace said. “Especially in the first two games. It seemed like they were always a couple of points ahead.

“I was really happy with the way the kids kept their composure and stayed in our system and pulled out these close games,” Mace said. “For the kids to stay steady and stay calm when things were tough, I was really proud of them for that.

“We played 10 or 11 girls tonight and they all did their jobs when they got a chance to get in there,” Mace said. “Like I said, they stayed very composed. They stayed very upbeat, even when we were behind. When I was talking to them during the time outs, they never looked like, ‘oh, my gosh, coach. What are we going to do?’ They always had that confident look and they were ready to play. I was happy to see that, especially after a tough game at McClain where we got beat in five. Tonight, we bounced back very well.”

Miami Trace is now 6-10 overall, 6-4 in the SCOL.

“There are about three teams, including us, battling for third place right now,” Mace said. “We’re right there. Hopefully, we’ll keep (the good play) up and get a couple more wins before tournament time. We’re doing some good things now. I’m proud of the kids for the things they are doing. And we’re doing good things more consistently.

“If our girls had lowered their heads at any time tonight, Hillsboro would have won those games,” Mace said. “The girls kept battling. They kept talking and kept their energy up. They kept supporting each other. Especially late in the season, you want to see your kids working hard and battling together and that’s what I saw tonight.”

The Lady Panthers are at Clinton-Massie Tuesday and will host Washington Thursday. The j-v match starts at 5 p.m.

By Chris Hoppes

Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1

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