HIGHLAND | The Valparaiso volleyball team has been practicing putting players at different positions, in case the need arises.
In the third set against Highland on Wednesday, the Vikings in their new positions held back a Trojans rally attempt and completed a 25-12, 25-14, 25-23 sweep.
One player not playing out of position was setter Tarrah Laskey, who has played in nearly every space on the court in her years through the sport. That has helped the sophomore make the sets that keep her front row players happy and her team No. 2 in the Times top 10 poll.
"I understand what they want and what they need as a hitter and passer," Laskey said. "I understand what the hitters and passers are going through, and I think it helps me as a setter. (The front row) is awesome and they can call a hit and if we see a line open, we can call it. I feel confident going to anyone on our team and that's what makes us stronger."
On Wednesday, she had 26 assists and a team-high four aces. Carrie Clark led the Vikings (21-6) with 11 kills.
"(Laskey) does a great job being a silent leader, she doesn't say much but when she does have something to say, everyone listens to her because she's a knowledgeable player," Valparaiso coach Katie Lenard said. "Even as a sophomore, she's extremely knowledgeable."
Highland was coming off of a five-game loss on Tuesday to Lowell, in which the Trojans (8-10) were ahead 2-0 and serving for match point in the third game before falling behind and losing the marathon.
"I felt as though his entire gym, including fans, support, the whole court, you sensed that we were out very late last night, coming off a very disappointing loss," Highland coach Rachel Paplomatas said. "We saw that in the first two games, that they were just exhausted or just worn down from just a huge loss against Lowell."
Alexis Jordan had four kills and eight digs and Brooke Fowler had 12 kills and six digs to lead the Trojans.