HESSTON — Volleyball was played at its highest level on Tuesday when Hesston hosted Sterling and Smoky Valley, as all three teams are contenders to make state tournaments later this season.
The Swathers ran their record to 11-0 with a sweep, defeating Sterling (25-13, 25-16) and Smoky Valley (25-18, 25-23).
The Vikings won the other match with straight-set decisions against Sterling (25-22, 25-21).
“Both Sterling and Smoky Valley are good teams with some talented hitters,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We served well throughout the evening, with 20 total aces and few errors, which kept both teams out of system quite a bit and gave us more free-ball opportunities. We had to come from behind in the second set against Smoky Valley, down 16-21, but the girls again kept their composure and kept fighting back to finish out the match in two sets.”
Kailey Jo Ince led Hesston with 26 kills. Alaina Dunlavy had a huge night in setting up the offense with 51 assists. Cami Richardson and Kylie Brenneman led in digs with 10.
Hesston and Smoky Valley’s match did not actually count in the CKL standings since the teams play later in the season. The Vikings are 6-4 on the year.