Another sweep for Swather spikers

By Steve Sell
October 11, 2017

HALSTEAD — There’s no letup for the Hesston High volleyball team.

The Swathers, coming off their domination of the Council Grove Tournament over the weekend, rolled to wins over Haven (25-15, 25-9) and Halstead (25-17, 25-16) on Tuesday.

The sweep improved Hesston to 27-2 and it wound up taking second place in the Central Kansas League with a 9-1 record, trailing only Kingman.

“We struggled to find our rhythm against Haven in the first set,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We lacked the energy that we had last Saturday and weren’t moving well and communicating as well as we needed to. Haven played very scrappy in the first set and picked up a lot of balls that we are often able to get to fall. The score was 19-19 in the first set before we were able to make a run to finish the set, and gained a little energy in that span that we were able to carry over to the second set.”

That carried over to the Halstead match.

“Against Halstead, we were able to maintain better energy at the start, and played better overall against a team that works hard and has some talented hitters,” Peters said. “We finished the night better than we started, but we still need to find a way to pick ourselves up when we are tired and play up to our potential.”

Kailey Jo Ince pounded 25 kills to lead the offense. Alaina Dunlavy had 41 assists, while Elise Kaiser led in digs with 16.

Hesston goes to Maize South on Thursday, then plays Saturday in the Clearwater Invitational.