GYPSUM — It had been a while since Hesston High’s volleyball team had been involved in a tight, three-set match.
However, the Swathers had to work overtime on Thursday to outlast Southeast of Saline. They lost the first set 22-25, but came back to even things with a 25-18 victory.
Then in an instant classic, Hesston outlasted Southeast 29-27 in the dramatic third set.
“The Southeast of Saline match was a great battle between two strong teams,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We started out with a lead in the first set, but gave away a number of points on serving and hitting errors. In the second set, we played with more intensity and built an early lead and sustained it throughout. Erica Montgomery is one of the top hitters in the state, and we were able to slow her down with some touches on the block and much better defense in the second and third sets.”
The third set is one that will be talked about for a long time.
“We held a two- or three-point lead for most of the third set, and led 24-21, but couldn’t finish, and Southeast of Saline had a match point at 25-24, but we kept our composure and were able to continue battling through several more side-outs to win the match on a Kelsey Unruh block,” Peters said. “This was a great match for us that forced us to keep our focus throughout each set, as there was never a point where we could relax. We will get to play similar, if not tougher, competition this weekend at the Garden Plain tournament, which should be a very good test for us.”
Also on Thursday, the Swathers had little trouble with Solomon (25-15, 25-9).
For the year, Hesston is now 19-2.