Area volleyball: Hesston, Moundridge and Little River all go 2-0

By Steve Sell
September 10, 2014

Hesston High’s volleyball team justified its new No. 3 Class 3A state ranking Tuesday by sweeping Sterling and Smoky Valley to improve to 10-1 on the year.

The Swathers defeated Sterling 25-13 and 25-16. It was just the Black Bears’ second loss of the year in 10 attempts.

Hesston also defeated Smoky Valley, 25-15, 25-15. Sterling won the night’s other match over Smoky Valley, 25-12, 25-16. The Vikings are now 3-7 on the season.

“This was a good night for us, as we were able to come out on top playing both of these teams for the second time this season,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “In the first meeting with both of these teams, we made a lot of errors, but we reduced those tonight and were able to run our offensive options with a good amount of success and a high hitting percentage. We get a much-needed week to recover after 11 matches in 11 days. We will need to get back to full strength for a tough test next Tuesday as we go to Kingman with Hillsboro.”

Against Sterling, Kelsey Unruh led in kills with eight, while Jessanna Nebel came up with 11 assists. Cami Richardson was tops in digs with eight.

Against Smoky Valley, Caylee and Cami Richardson did the sister thing with eight kills apiece. Nebel had 14 assists and Caylee Richardson added 11 digs.


• MOUNDRIDGE SWEEPS TRI — At Hutchinson, area schools Moundridge and Inman came away with opposite results.

The Wildcats beat rival Inman 25-12, 25-10 and outlasted Trinity Cathlolic, 25-18, 26-24. 

Inman went 0-2, also losing to Trinity (21-25, 18-25).

For Moundridge, Rylie Dick came up with 13 kills, Elizabeth Ratzlaff and Peri Lange had 18 and 14 assists, respectively, Emily Knight had five aces and Michelle Schrag was tops in digs with 21.

“Our serve receive, blocking and defense was strong tonight,” Moundridge coach Kelsi Chisholm said. “We only gave up four aces on our serve receive and I thought both Inman and Hutch Trinity served us tough. Rylie Dyck did a great job with her blocking tonight. She's getting lots of touches on the ball and slowing other hitters down. Anna Stucky and Emily Knight served well and kept teams out of system. These are great team wins for us, everyone contributed on offense and defense.  We were down in the second set against Hutch Trinity and came back to win. It took guts and a lot of effort to beat such a competitive team on their home court.  We are growing as a team and it's fun to be a part of that growth.”

• TWO WINS FOR LITTLE RIVER – The Redskins hosted Peabody for a double dual, winning both matches.

The first match went Little River’s way 25-18, 25-13 and not much changed in the second match, 25-14, 25-15.

Serving was a key as Mariah Renken blasted nine aces and Madison Wright added seven.

“I thought we played well considering we had a new lineup due to some illness and sometimes it takes a while to get a feel for where everyone is at with a new rotation,” Little River coach Karen Hull said.

• EAGLES SPLIT — It was a 1-1 night for Canton-Galva in matches against Wichita Home School and Marion.

The Eagles shook off a sluggish 25-19 first-set loss for dominating 25-14, 25-9 wins against Home School. Marion was a 25-14, 25-22 winner over the Eagles.

Cassidy Enns threw down 12 kills and Caley Johnson added 10 for C-G.

“We showed good improvement from a week ago,” C-G coach Jenny Loyd said. “It was nice to see us battle back and have a come-from-behind win again Wichita Home School, we needed that win to help boost confidence. In the nightcap, we struggled in the first set against Marion, never really gaining solid footing.  We did come back in set two and had a stretch of good volleyball against Marion, but too little, too late did us in.  We’re working to find ways to start strong from the get go and not always digging out of a hole.”

• ELYRIA GOES 0-2 — Elyria Christian School’s trip to Goessel did not yield a victory.

The Eagles lost to Centre (19-25, 18-25) and to Goessel (5-25, 5-25).

The night was a tuneup for this weekend’s Solomon Invitational.