SPARTA — Even though the Centerburg girls got beat by the Highland Fighting Scots in three sets during Thursday night’s varsity volleyball game (25-15, 25-16, 25-7), the Trojans still have the utmost respect for their opponent. The Trojans viewed this loss as both a learning experience and a game to get them ready for future opponents.

“One of the best things about playing Highland or any other higher level team is you get a chance to face someone who exemplifies where our program wants to go,” said Centerburg coach Rachael Walpole. “It’s what good volleyball looks like. Our girls love it. It gets them ready for tournaments. It’s just a really good opportunity to play volleyball and our girls come together as a team. It teaches them to get through their own minds sometimes when things don’t go right.”

The Fighting Scots (who won a share of the KMAC Championship with their win over the Trojans) began their dominant evening with a winning set that at one point had a massive 12-point deficit. They won the first set 25-15 without giving the Trojans even a remote chance of coming back.

The Trojans put up a bit of a fight in the second set and even at one point tied the match up, but the Scots ended up winning the set 25-16 in the same dominant fashion that they won the second set.

Things got worse in the third set for the Trojans. They were unable to score double digits against the Scots’ 25 points and they ended up losing the match 25-7.

The Scots were very proud of not only winning the game against the Trojans, but also accomplishing another feat — a league title.

“We won a share of the league championship,” said Highland coach Rob Terrill. “The KMAC championship. This is our seventh in a row, and so far it’s our seventh undefeated league championship in a row. These girls work so hard in the off-season, play tough, work in the weight room, and we are getting ready for tournament play now. Our goal is to always win the league and this win gets us a share of it. They are just a group of hard working girls who play at a high level.”

Noa Sesma had four kills and seven digs for the Trojans, and Taylor Scowden contributed four kills and three digs. Natalie Coffing recorded six digs.

Highland’s next game is at Bishop Hartley on Saturday at 10 a.m. Centerburg’s next game is a home game against Cardington-Lincoln on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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