HESSTON — The No. 1-ranked Hesston High volleyball team ran its season record to 9-1 on Thursday by taking two matches in its home opener.
The Swathers, who are in Class 3A, routed Minneapolis (25-10, 25-5), but had a much tougher time before outlasting Trinity Catholic in a three-setter (25-20, 23-25, 25-15).
“We played well overall against Minneapolis, even though we had to work hard to score around their block and good defenders,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We stayed aggressive and continued to attack without getting frustrated and were able to stay in control for both sets. Against Trinity, we struggled on serve receive, which reduced the effectiveness of our offense. Trinity played great defense and has some very tough servers.”
Trinity showed some grit by winning the second set.
“The second set was very close throughout, and we just weren’t consistent enough with our passing and defense to keep the lead when we got it,” Peters said. “We bounced back well, allowing Trinity to score only three points on their serve in the third set and gaining control early to finish out the match. We have played 10 matches since last Saturday and are ready for a bit of a break before a tough league schedule begins next Tuesday.”
Kailey Jo Ince had 20 kills on the day, while Alaina Dunlavy had 55 assists. Ince also came up with 19 digs. Mia Loganbill had 10 digs in just the Trinity match.
Hesston hosts Smoky Valley and Nickerson in matches on Tuesday. Nickerson and Hesston already have met once this year with the Swathers prevailing in a tough match.