HESSTON — It was a gathering of volleyball heavyweights Tuesday night in Hesston.
When the smoke cleared from some tremendous play, Hesston was 2-0, Conway Springs was 1-1 and Moundridge was 0-2.
Hesston defeated Conway Springs (25-17, 25-19) and Moundridge (23-25, 25-12, 25-23).
Also, Moundridge lost to Conway Springs (19-25, 16-25).
“We were not as sharp as we were last weekend and made a lot of unforced errors throughout the night,” said Hesston coach Jason Peters, whose team is now 7-0. “However, the girls kept their composure and continued to fight after falling behind 12-18 and also 20-23 in the third set of the Moundridge match, and were able to find a way to get a win against a strong team. Moundridge’s blocking and defense gave us trouble throughout the night and our hitters had a difficult time finding holes consistently. We will need to keep working on our consistency and get ready for another tough battle against two good teams on Thursday night.”
Cami Richardson totaled 26 kills in two matches to lead the Swathers, while Alaina Dunlavy hustled to 51 assists. Kylie Brenneman was tops in digs with 17, one more than Richardson.
The Swathers entertain Minneapolis and Hutchinson Trinity on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Moundridge coach Kelsi Chisholm had a lot of good things to say even though her team came up empty.
“Conway Springs has a tall front row and I thought we did a good job of shutting them down offensively,” Chisholm said. “Our passing was exceptionally good during the Conway Springs match, which allowed all of our hitters to get into a rhythm. We gained momentum with our serving and our ability to keep the ball going on defense.”
The Wildcats knew they were up against it in the Hesston match, yet gave the Swathers all they wanted.
“We started well against Hesston,” Chisholm said. “We were able to pass consistently and dig up some key hits. Peri Lange did a great job getting all hitters involved. In the second set, Hesston gained an early lead and we weren't able to get ourselves back into it. They hit well and were running an up-tempo offense that we just couldn't slow down. In the third set we had the lead, but couldn't finish in the end. Hesston has good hitting and we just couldn't quite put it away on offense. I thought we played very well against two tough teams. Both Conway and Hesston had success in their weekend tournaments. I knew they would be tough competition and am proud of how our girls fought. Even with the limited experience we are starting to better understand each other and find our offense mojo.”
Rylie Dick had 15 kills for the Wildcats, while Faith Barton (12) and Allie Brunk (10) were in double digits. Brynne Wedel (27) and Chelsey Knight (18) were dig leaders. Lange came up with 36 assists.
Moundridge hosts Inman and Trinity Catholic on Tuesday.