Hesston spikers defeat strong opponents

By Steve Sell
September 26, 2018

HESSTON — It was the “H” night for the Hesston volleyball team.

It also was a “W” night — as in two wins.

Hesston took down Hoisington (25-14, 26-24) and Halstead (25-18, 18-25, 25-17) in a key Central Kansas League triangular.

The Swathers stay in title contention in the CKL with a 5-0 record and improved to 14-3 overall.

Against Hoisington, Talby Duerksen and Rylie Schilling led in kills with 9 apiece. Celbi Richardson came up with 15 assists and Elise Kaiser hustled for 15 digs.

Against Halstead, Duerksen again led in kills with 11, Harley Ferralez led in assists with 21 and Kaiser had 22 digs, while Emily Koehn added 16 and Duerksen had 13 as the Swathers were all over the floor.

“This was a tough CKL triangular, with three teams with talented hitters and play good defense, and there were a lot of extremely long rallies throughout the night,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We played some of our best volleyball of the season tonight, as we were able to play with more energy and consistency throughout the evening. Hopefully that will give us momentum during this stretch the next several weeks where we will continue to play a lot of matches against quality opponents.”

The Hesston JV team swept its matches and the C-team won its only match with Halstead, winning the second set 25-1.