Area volleyball: Inman, Hesston go 2-0

By Steve Sell
September 03, 2014

Inman’s volleyball team opened its season Tuesday with a sweep of a triangular.

The Teutons started nicely with wins over Centre (25-23, 25-16) and Canton-Galva (25-13, 22-25, 25-8). Teuton coach Russ Goering was pleased to start the year undefeated.

C-G wound up 0-2 as it also lost in straight sets to Centre (16-25, 25-27).

“We came out flat and struggled with inconsistency in our season opener,” Eagle coach Jenny Loyd said. “We are capable of much better volleyball than we displayed tonight.  We had moments of very good volleyball and stretches where we simply beat ourselves. We have the physical capability, but must build our mental toughness. Gaining confidence, mental edge and playing with team pride are at the top of our list before we take the court in a week against Marion and Wichita Home School.”

•  HESSTON, MOUNDRIDGE SQUARE OFF — Area schools Hesston and Moundridge locked up, with the Swathers winning in straight sets (25-18, 25-16). 

The Swathers also defeated Conway Springs (25-13, 25-18), while Moundridge lost to Conway (17-25, 22-25).

“This was a solid night for us, as we were able to battle through some adversity and not get rattled when we fell behind early,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We had a balanced attack with all of our hitters contributing. We will have another good test on Thursday night against Minneapolis and Hutch Trinity.”

Caylee Richardson totaled 22 kills in two matches, while Jessanna Nebel led in assists with 26. Cami Richardson was right behind with 20. The digs were balanced, with Kelsey Unruh and Caylee Richardson notching 20 and 19, respectively.

For Moundridge, it was the first match without longtime standouts MacKenzie Suderman and Brooke Holloway.

“We tried different combinations and serving orders tonight,” MHS coach Kelsi Chisholm said. “It will take me and the players some time to figure out our best lineup and combinations.  We played hard, but will need to cut our errors in half in order to give us a chance to compete at the end of sets.”

Anna Stucky led in kills with 10 followed by Rylie Dyck with 4. Elizabeth Ratzlaff and Peri Lange notched 11 and 10 assists, respectivley. Michelle Schrag’s 17 digs were tops, with Anna Stucky adding 10. 

• ECS GOES 0-3 — Elyria Christian School’s volleyball team played some bigger schools in its opener, going 0-3.

The Eagles lost to Haven (9-25, 19-25), Goessel (8-25, 8-25) and Ell-Saline (18-25, 15-25).

• No report was received from Little River. Smoky Valley did not play.