CLEARWATER — Hesston High’s volleyball team rebounded from a semifinal loss to Douglass on Saturday to take third place in the Clearwater Invitational.
The Swathers had gone 2-1 in pool play, with wins over Wellington (25-14, 25-8) and Conway Springs (21-25, 25-16, 25-15). The loss came to Rose Hill (25-21, 25-17).
The Swathers then lost a three-setter to Douglass (15-25, 25-19, 16-25) in the semis before rebounding with a 25-15, 25-23 success against Clearwater.
Douglass won the championship by knocking off Rose Hill in straight sets, 25-23, 25-19.
“There were a number of times today when we played with energy and moved well that we looked like a very good team,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We have had a difficult stretch of 16 matches in the past two weeks against good competition that has worn us out a bit, but has also pushed us to play at a higher level. If we can put together those stretches of high energy and good defense at the right times next week, we will have a chance to compete well at sub-state.”
Hesston’s Cami Richardson and Kailey Jo Ince were selected to the All-Tournament Team. In the last five years of this tournament, the Swathers have placed third four times.
Douglass’ Cash Munroe was picked as the tourney’s MVP.
Hesston is now 24-10 overall and wraps up regular-season play on Tuesday at Halstead, with the Wichita Defenders rounding out the triangular field.