SPARTA — The Highland Fighting Scots won their sectional finals game against the Bexley Lions on Wednesday night (25-13, 25-13, 25-11). The team played very well and proved to be the dominant team in the game despite some moments when the score was pretty close at the beginning of a couple of the sets.

Highland Coach Rob Terrill spoke about how the Bexley girls challenged the Scots in some surprising ways in Wednesday’s game, and about how the Scots can use what they learned in their game against Bexley to help them improve their skills for future tournament games.

“(In this game) We got to work on aspects of the game that we don’t normally get to work on,” said Coach Terrill. “That was good for us. They took some really good swings out there. They took swings down the line, which allowed us to change our defense up a little bit. We were still pretty much in charge tempo-wise and running the offense the way we wanted to. We just have to keep getting better. I thought we did a good job of hitting the ball and running at that fast speed. Pressure serving, that’s what we are trying to accomplish; putting pressure on the other team. As long as we can keep doing that, we have an advantage.”

Coach Terrill also spoke about the nature of the Highland Scots’ practice schedule for the upcoming tournament games and about how the Highland girls really have the opportunity to step up their game in this tournament.

“I hate losing. I’ve got a ton of stuff for us to work on tomorrow. We’re in districts next week. Now is the time to show up. We just need to work hard in practice and keep working on the things that we are weaker on and make them strengths for us,” he said.

Highland advances to district competition on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. They will play London at Licking Heights.

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