The Newton High School volleyball team had a sweep, but didn’t always make it easy on itself in the process.?Newton downed Derby 25-18, 25-21; and Hutchinson 29-27, 29-27. Derby downed Hutchinson 23-25, 25-15, 25-22.?Hutchinson held off 12 match points against the Railers.?“I felt like at first, I think our girls kept thinking they’ll make a mistake at some point in here if we just keep sending it back,” Newton coach Jamie Dibbens said. “I think our girls lacked determination and they need to finish the play.”?The Railers do improve to 20-6, 6-1 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play.?“It was two wins,” Dibbens said. “They even came back on us in the first game. They did the same thing to Maize. They came back and beat them. I’m glad we finished with a win. I hope it’s a learning experience for us. Our passing has been inconsistent. That’s something we worked on yesterday, but we only had one day of practice. We’ll be doing a lot of serve receive and passing work in the next few days. The nice thing is we have some time now before our next matches.”?Tied 5-5 in the first set against Hutchinson, Newton made a 5-0 run. Up 23-17, the Railers gave up a 4-0 run. Newton took a time out and gave up two more points. The Railers held off three set points, while Hutchinson held off two set points. A Jana Boston dig that landed on the other side of the net, and an Abbie Lehman spike ended the first set.?Newton took a 20-9 lead in the second set. Trailing 24-14, Hutchinson held off 10 match points. Hutchinson even took a 25-24 lead before Baron broke the run with a kill. Hutchinson held off two more match points, but a Baron downed block and Lehman spike finally ended it.?Emily Hiebert had 13 kills and three downed blocks for the Railers. Lehman had six kills and three downed blocks. Baron had four kills and four downed blocks, Boston served three aces, followed by Megan Regier and Hiebert with two each.?“I don’t even know,” Hiebert said of the second set against Hutchinson. “It’s good that we finished it out, pushed through it. They’re a good team. They’re getting better and better. They don’t quit. They play to the end. We learned that tonight. We lost our focus. Our serve receive got bad, our blocking got bad. We weren’t reading the tips. We’ll get there.”?Newton had a number of players setting the ball.?“Logan Porter has pretty good hands, and can set pretty well,” Dibbens said. “Jana was our second setter against Hutch, and she plays with a lot of energy. Joecelyn (Cochran) has good hands too. Emily is such a good passer, if she has to pass or hit, we need to find somebody else to set in that situation.”?For Hutchinson, Stacy Rottinghaus had 13 kills, followed by Erika Long with seven. Jenna Higgens and Elyssa Tomac each served two aces.?Against Derby, Newton took a 2-0 lead, but soon found itself down 7-3. The Railers took a time out, but gave up two more points in the run.?Newton rallied back to within two, 14-12, prompting a time out from Derby. The Railers added six more points to its run, then traded points for the game.?“They’re a very good team too,” Hiebert said. “We knew we were going to have to keep pushing points. We weren’t getting a lot of points off our serve. We were siding out, but just not getting a lot of points. I’m still pretty tired from Saturday, but we had to push through it.”?Newton fell behind 8-3 in the second set, but again rallied back to take the lead.?Lehman led the Railer offense with nine kills and five downed blocks. Hiebert had seven kills and three downed blocks. Lauren Duerksen had four kills. Baron had a kill and three downed blocks. Hiebert severed two aces.?For Derby, Rebekah Spainhour had six kills and a downed block. Makenzie Holcomb had five kills and a downed block. Tori Miller had five kills.?In the Derby-Hutchinson match, neither team led by more than two points through most of the first set. Tied 17-17, Hutchinson made a 5-2 run, forcing a Panther time out. The Panthers came back to tie the set 22-22, Hutchinson replied with a 3-1 run for the game, which ended on a Derby net violation.?Derby had 10 hitting errors in the first set to eight for Hutchinson.?Tied 11-11 in the second set, Derby made a 9-3 run and Hutch never recovered. The Panthers had no hitting errors in the second game to six for Hutchinson.?In the deciding set, Derby jumped out 4-0, but Hutchinson quickly tied the set back up. Down 22-18, Hutchinson came back to tie the set with a 4-0 run. Derby scored the next three points for the match.?Derby was led by Spainhour with 10 kills and a downed block. Kenzie Brown had 10 kills. Holcomb had nine kills and two downed blocks. Miller had nine kills and a downed block. McKenna Reynolds had three aces.?For Hutchinson, Long had nine kills, followed by Rottinghaus with eight. Haley McMurphy had five kills.?Newton plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Derby with Maize. The Railers downed Maize last week in AV-CTL I play and are tied with the Eagles, along with Salina Central, for first place.?“That night has always kind of decided the league standings,” Dibbens said. “This year, it won’t because the league is so tight. Salina Central is in the mix. We beat Maize twice, once in the league, so they will be ready to go. We will have to be ready for them. When we played them here, they started tipping a lot. I think that match, we only had one or two hitting errors and our passing was perfect.”