GUIDING IT - Eureka’s Delaney Phillips tries to get a tip over the net on Thursday night. The Hornets won the home opener in straight sets over Roanoke-Benson (Photo provided).

EUREKA - The hosts opened the home portion of the schedule Thursday night with a 25-17, 25-23 win over county neighbor Roanoke-Benson.

Eureka overcome sluggish starts in each set. In the second, they trailed by as many as eight, lastly at 12-4.

“I think being young sometimes we do not always focus,” said Hornets’ coach Lena Dohner of the slow starts, “That’s something we’ve talked about for the last two weeks and for the long haul.”

Senior Joan Zimmerman finished with a team-high six kills for the Hornets (4-3).

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Brynn Rossman, who has moved from libero to an outside hitter's spot, led the Rockets (1-3) with six kills.

“I could probably go back and look at a few plays and know we needed to execute better,” said R-B coach Jodie Sauder of the second set. “We’re early so we’re still learning. We’ll figure it out.”

See article on Sept. 12 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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