HESSTON — Hesston High outlasted Garden Plain in a titanic four-set epic battle on Thursday in dual volleyball action.
Garden Plain won the first set 25-21, but the Swathers roared back to win the final three — 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14.
Kailey Jo Ince led Hesston in kills with 18. Alaina Dunlavy had another huge day with team-highs of 29 assists and 5 aces, not to mention she had 11 digs to trail only Ince, who had 20.
Rylie Schilling contributed 6 blocks, Bailey McLain furnished 11 digs and Cameron Denno had 9, along with 6 kills.
Hesston is now 14-3 after the victory.
“This was a great battle between two teams that competed against each other in the state semifinals last year, but both teams have a different look after graduating a number of key players,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “Garden Plain is always strong defensively and they made it very tough for us to get kills.”
Peters said the team stepped up its serve receive after the first set and he was pleased with the blocking aspect. The Swathers also served at a 96-percent clip and had 10 aces and a whopping 78 digs.
“This was a great match against a strong team that should give us momentum for a tough schedule the last half of the season.”
Hesston goes to Pratt on Tuesday.