The Hesston High volleyball team is practically automatic these days.
The Swathers improved their record to 26-2 — the only losses coming to No. 1-ranked Hillsboro — with a sweep Tuesday night at Smoky Valley in Lindsborg.
The Swathers defeated Lyons (25-15, 25-16) and Smoky Valley (25-15, 25-21). By sweeping, Hesston ended up as a tri-champion of the Central Kansas League as it was 10-1 along with Hillsboro and Sterling.
Smoky Valley earned a split of the night with a win over Lyons (25-23, 25-15).
Hesston coach Jason Peters said his team had to battle through fatigue.
“We have played 11 matches in the past week and lacked the energy that we showed last weekend,” Peters said. “However, I was pleased with the way we battled through and kept our composure, especially in the final set when we had to play from behind in the first half and Smoky made a run to close the gap near the end. We continue to find success through our balanced hitting and consistent serve-receive passing. We have another good test coming up at the Clearwater tournament on Saturday, where we will face multiple schools who traditionally have strong teams.”
Against Lyons, Hannah Weber and Cami Richardson both came up with a half-dozen kills. Jessanna Nebel had 10 digs. Against Smoky Valley, Richardson had seven kills and Nebel came up with 14 assists.
• INMAN SPLITS — At Little River, area schools Inman and Little River went to three sets, with the Teutons coming away with the 25-15, 16-25, 25-13 victory. Both teams lost to Goessel, with the score 9-25, 10-25 for Little River and 12-25, 8-25 for Inman.
• WILDCATS WIN — In a dual match, Moundridge came away with a straight-sets victory over Centre.
The Wildcats had little trouble in winning 25-8, 25-9, 25-8. They are now 18-14 on the year.
Moundridge will host the HOA Tournament Saturday.
• Note — All other teams were idle.