DANVILLE — Not every team can be on its game all the time. Even in the midst of success, a top performance isn’t always guaranteed.
That’s exactly how the Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers felt on Monday night following their 25-9, 25-20 home win over the Danville Vikings.
It was the Hilltoppers’ eighth consecutive win, but with bigger goals in mind, the win didn’t come without a bit of frustration and a desire to constantly improve.
“I think I can sum that up in one word, and that’s errors,” Schlarman Academy senior Jordan Marganski said of the Hilltoppers’ overall disappointment. “This whole season we’ve been focusing on playing clean volleyball. That means limiting service errors, limiting passing errors, and then from there just taking care of the ball.
“In this second set, we had more service errors than I’ve ever seen us have. Passing just wasn’t there. Definitely, just not clean volleyball.”
Marganski had a match-high eight kills and four blocks while teammate Laura Gross finished with five kills and three blocks. Janelle Marion had 16 assists.
Five of Marganski’s kills came in the first set as the Hilltoppers gave the Vikings little hope of earning the win. Lexi Rangel served Schlarman Academy to 17 consecutive points en route to the 25-9 win. But the second set didn’t come as easily.
The Hilltoppers built a 15-8 lead but couldn’t put the Vikings away as errors plagued them and nearly cost them the set.
Danville pulled to within 23-20 on a Schlarman Academy service error, but a pair of errors by the Vikings helped seal the win for the Hilltoppers.
“I don’t think we’ve had a game with this many service errors and serve-receive errors,” Schlarman Academy coach Heidi Crane said. “They’ve been pretty good. I’m not sure what happened with that. I was a little in shock. We’ve definitely been playing a little better than this, but, I guess you have your ups and downs.”