SPARTA — Until last season, this was a fierce, backyard rivalry. This year, it has become a league rivalry.
For now, however, it is not quite as fierce.
The rebuilding Centerburg Trojans (3-3, 1-1 MOAC) ran into a buzzsaw at Highland High School on Thursday, getting swept by the host Scots, 25-9, 25-6, 25-9, in their inaugural volleyball meeting as Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference foes.
The undefeated Scots improved their record to 6-0, winning their first game against a Blue Division opponent this season.
“Being that they are in the league this year, we’ll see them twice,” said Highland coach Rob Terrill. “It’s been that close by, six miles away, rivalry. Now we can put the league twist on it, too.”
The Scots went to work quickly. Tied 3-3, the Scots rode the service of Megan Oder and Kam Terry (14 kills) as they broke the opening set wide open with a 12-1 run. The Trojans, with their lack of experience, just couldn’t stage a comeback.
“We are a young team — and that showed — but we have definitely made a lot improvement from where we were at the beginning of the season,” said Centerburg coach Brielle Sautter. “(Highland) is clearly very good. I think, as our girls grow and get used to playing with each other, we will give them a better game next time.”
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