HILLSBORO — Hesston High’s volleyball team split in matches on Tuesday, losing to Kingman but bouncing back to defeat Hillsboro.
The Swathers lost in straight sets to athletic Kingman, 25-21, 25-21. Kailey Jo Ince led in kills with 12, Rylie Schilling had 3 blocks, Ince was tops in digs with 9 and Alaina Dunlavy hustled to 16 assists.
Hesston came back with aplomb, ruling in two sets against always-strong Hillsboro, 25-17, 25-14.
Ince pounded 13 kills, Kennedy Teach led in digs with 9 and Dunlavy was again tops in assists with 21.
Hesston is now 11-3 after a 10-0 start.
“We struggled against Kingman to get any momentum going and never were really able to set the tempo of the match,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We gave them too many opportunities with our errors and not being as aggressive as we needed to be, and Kingman was able to capitalize on that enough times to come out ahead in both sets that were close throughout.”
The win over Hillsboro ended a drought.
“We played better overall and were able to pick up our first league win against them in six years,” Peters said.
Hesston hosts Larned and Haven in a triangular on Tuesday and also is home on Thursday, Sept. 22, for a dual with Garden Plain.