HESSTON — The Hesston High School volleyball team claimed a pair of wins Thursday in non-league play at Hesston.
The Swathers downed Solomon 25-16, 25-16; and Southeast of Saline 23-25, 25-19, 25-16.
"We struggled a bit with energy and communication against Solomon and the first set against Southeast of Saline," Hesston coach Jason Peters said. "We were up 23-22 in the first set against Southeast, but gave them too many opportunities and let them come back and finish. In the second set, we started off strong and extended a small lead into a 10-point lead at 21-11, and were able to hold them off to finish the set. Southeast took a 7-3 lead in the third set, but we chipped away at it and were able to lead 14-13 before we scored 9 points in a row to take control and pick up a very good win.
“We have only played three 3-set matches this season, and it was nice to win our first one tonight. The girls did a great job of adjusting to Southeast of Saline’s hitters, especially in the second and third sets, where we were able to get a lot of touches on the block, and our back row was in the right place to dig their tough attacks. We had some great defensive and hustle plays and some very good hits that helped us build the momentum. Our serving kept them out of system frequently, and allowed us to continue attacking and eventually get around their block and find holes in their defense."
Hesston improves to 18-3 and plays Saturday at the Garden Plain Invitational, followed by Sterling and Pratt Tuesday at Pratt.
"This was a confidence builder for us, as Southeast of Saline will be in our sub-state and we will likely be two of the top teams there," Peters said. "We have more tough matches against ranked teams coming up at the Garden Plain Tournament on Saturday, followed by tough league matches against Pratt and Sterling on Tuesday."
Kills: Jessanna Nebel 7, Kelsey Unruh 7, Cami Richardson 6, Hannah Schmitt 5, Ali Jost 4, Megan Voth 2, Veronica Ziegler 1.
Aces: Voth 3, Unruh 2, Richardson 1, Esau 1.
Assists: Voth 27, Nebel 4 Richardson 1
Digs: Jost 9, Nebel 4, Voth 4, Richardson 4, Schmitt 3, Esau 2.
Blocks: Schmitt 1.
vs. SE of Saline
Kills: Jost 13, Richardson 11, Nebel 9, Unruh 8, Schmitt 4, Voth 2.
Aces: Richardson 2, Unruh 2, Voth 1.
Assists: Voth 37, Nebel 2, Jost 2, Richardson 2, Schmitt 1.
Digs: Schmitt 13, Voth 9, Jost 9, Richardson 7, Nebel 4, Esau 2, Unruh 2.
Blocks: Unruh 1, Richardson 1.
JV — Hesston def. Southeast of Saline 26-24, 26-24; Hesston def. Solomon 25-20, 23-25, 15-8; Southeast of Saline def. Solomon 25-12, 25-23.