Swathers strong in key CKL sweep

By Steve Sell
September 28, 2016

PRATT — Hesston High’s volleyball team improved to 5-1 in CKL play and 16-3 overall on Tuesday after a triangular sweep.

The Swathers had a tough one with Pratt (26-24, 25-19) and then dispatched with Nickerson (25-19, 25-11), which was the Panthers’ first league loss.

“We struggled to find energy and stay aggressive against Pratt in the first set,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We were a step slow on defense and transitions and we were fortunate to get enough breaks to win the first set. In the second set we played from behind most of the way, but with Pratt leading 18-16 we were able to find a way to make several runs and finish out the match.”

Peters gave credit to Nickerson for putting up a good fight.

“Nickerson gave us a very good battle in our first match of the season and they have been playing very well lately,” Peters said. “After a slow start, we began adjusting better to their talented hitters and played much better defense. We were able to control the tempo with more aggressive hitting and good serving and pulled ahead and held on to the lead for the rest of the set. In the second set, we continued to pass the ball well and a balanced attack gave us many opportunities to gain momentum. We led 12-9 in the second set and then went on a 13-2 run to close out the match and hand Nickerson their first league loss.”

Tuesday is “Dig Pink Night” at Hesston as the Swathers host Halstead and Hoisington.