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Trojans get off to hot start

It may still be early in the season, but the Charles Henderson volleyball team is off to a good start.

Thanks to its victory over Highland home Tuesday afternoon, the Trojans improved to 2-0 on the season.

CHHS won in four games by the scores of 25-17, 25-23, 14-25 and 25-9. It was in the third game that head coach Jennifer Sikes said she had to get on to her players.

“They weren’t playing at the level that I knew they could play at,” the coach said. “There were more dropped balls in that game then there had been since we started practice back in July. I let them get pounded (in the third game).

“After (the game) I told them I expected better of them and I hoped they expected better out of themselves and then they held (Highland Home) to single digits,” Sikes added.

“They stepped up and responded in big way.”

Senior Lauren Debruyne played a big part in the fourth and deciding game, after she scored seven-straight points to give the Trojans a sizeable lead.

“Our girls played well together,” Sikes said. “And that was a big key.”

“Almost everyone got a spike and we had some great net play. Lizzy Owens, Melissa Kennedy and Becca Hartley all played great for us.”

Last season, CHHS started 1-1 after its first two games, so to be undefeated, even at this point means lot, according to the coach.

“It feels great to start off one better this season,” Sikes said.

“But I want these girls to keep getting better. Last year’s team had a seven-game winning streak, and I told this team we need to have an eight-game winning streak,” the coach said with a smile.

The JV squad was less fortunate in their battle with HHHS, as it fell in both games, 19-25 and 13-25.

“I thought the JV did a good job of playing together, even in the loss,” Sikes said.

“All those girls are coming along very nicely.”

Today, the Trojans will look to continue its current win streak as it plays host for the first time this season.

Carroll will make the trip from Ozark to Troy with the games beginning at 5 p.m.

All Troy City students and facility and staff of the schools will be allowed into the game free of admission,