Hesston spikers suffer first loss

By Steve Sell
September 16, 2015

HESSTON — The Hesston High volleyball team’s unbeaten streak is over.

The Swathers had opened the season with 12 straight wins before losing to Hillsboro during the second match of a home triangular on Tuesday.

After dispatching with Kingman (25-17, 25-19), the Swathers engaged in a thrilling three-setter with longtime rival Hillsboro. The Trojans won the first set 25-22, but the Swathers staved off elimination with a 28-26 nailbiter. Hillsboro took command in the third set to win the decider, 25-16.

“This was a very competitive triangular with the top three teams from our league preseason tournament, and each team had their moments where they played well and where they struggled throughout the evening,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said.

Hillsboro is only 8-6 on the season, but got up mentally to play its best against Hesston.

“We continued to fight throughout the evening, battling back when we fell behind several times, but ran out of gas in the last match against a Hillsboro team that played very well,” Peters said.

Kingman defeated Hillsboro in the other match as nothing was really settled as all three went 1-1.

All three teams are now 2-1 in CKL play. Hesston has back-to-back matches next week, going to Goessel on Monday and Haven on Tuesday.