Heritage Hills rallies to post sectional victory

From Herald sources

MOUNT VERNON — In postseason play, it’s win or go home. It’s pressure that can wear on a team and lead to unforced errors.

Heritage Hills coach Kayla White attributes such pressure — “the team battled nerves and unforced errors” — for a slow start and a loss in the first set of Thursday night’s opening-round match with host Mount Vernon in a Class 3A volleyball sectional.

But the Patriots overcame early jitters and fixed the first-set errors to win the next three sets, eliminating the Wildcats and punching their ticket to Saturday’s noon semifinal vs. Evansville Bosse.

Skelton and Cochren

Shelby Skelton rang up 22 kills to lead Heritage Hills, along with nine daggers by Rebekah Gordon and eight by Wes Cochren.

“Wes Cochren controlled the net with a number of momentous blocks and strong kills, while Shelby Skelton was dynamic on offense, finishing rallies with aggressive kills,” White summarized. “The girls played in unison and kept the tempo of their choosing.”

Hannah Marchand handed out 38 assists for the Patriots, and Hannah Schnuck recorded 27 digs.

After finishing on the short end of a 25-17 score in the first set, the Patriots battled back in the second set, prevailing in a hard-fought 26-24 slugfest. Heritage Hills then posted relatively easy 25-14 and 25-19 scores in the deciding sets to extend the Patriots’ postseason hopes.

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