HESSTON – The Hesston High School volleyball team opened Central Kansas League play with a pair of wins Tuesday at home.

The Swathers topped Smoky Valley 25-7, 25-10; and Nickerson 25-19, 25-9. Nickerson topped Smoky Valley 25-11, 25-11.

“We have struggled with some inconsistency and tentativeness the past week, and were hoping to have a strong outing tonight to start CKL league play,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We played well against Smoky Valley, with only one passing error and two hitting errors the whole match. We stepped up to play

very well against Nickerson, at team that we edged out in three sets at the pre-season tournament. We made some mistakes in the first set and Nickerson found holes in our defense that we didn’t adjust to quickly, but we kept attacking and never let them catch up after we got an early lead.

“We served well, 98 percent overall, and were able to keep them out of system quite a bit, which helped our defense. We hit .451 for the match with only five hitting errors and passed

better on serve receive, although we still had quite a few passes that were off the net. The difference tonight is that our hitters stayed aggressive and were still able to get good swings off those balls and score points. We get a much-needed week to practice after 12 matches in the first week and a half of the season.”

Against Smoky Valley, Kailey Jo Ince had 10 kills, followed by Rylie Schilling with nine. Alaina Dunlavy set 29 assists. Talby Duerksen served three aces. Mia Loganbill had six digs, followed by Ince and Elise Kaiser with five each.

Against Nickerson, Ince had 14 kills. Dunlavy set 24 assists. Loganbill downed two blocks. Dunlavy had seven digs, followed by Loganbill and Ince with six each.

Hesston is 11-1, 2-0 in CKL play. Hesston plays Tuesday at Larned with Holcomb.

Hesston tri

Hesston def. Smoky Valley 25-7, 25-10

Nickerson def Smoky Valley 25-11, 25-11

Hesston def. Nickerson 25-19, 25-9

Hesston stats

vs. Smoky Valley

Kills: Kailey Jo Ince 10, Rylie Schilling 9, Talby Duerksen 7, Mia Loganbill 3, Jada Mininger 2, Kailie Hamilton 1, Alaina Dunlavy 1.

Assists: Dunlavy 29, Ince 1, Vogt 1, Loganbill 1.

Aces: Duerksen 3, Loganbill 2, Dunlavy 2.

Blocks: Schilling 1, Mininger 1.

Digs: Loganbill 6, Kaiser 5, Ince 5, Dunlavy 4, Micheala Vogt 4, Duerksen 2, Schilling 1, Mininger 1, Jules Toews 1.

vs. Nickerson

Kills: Ince 14, Loganbill 8, Duerksen 2, Schilling 1, Hamilton 1, Dunlavy 1, Mininger 1.

Assists: Dunlavy 24, Ince 2, Mininger 1, Loganbill 1.

Aces: Loganbill 1, Duerksen 1.

Blocks: Loganbill 2, Duerksen 1, Schilling 1, Ince 1.

Digs: Dunlavy 7, Loganbill 6, Ince 6, Kaiser 4, Duerksen 3, Schilling 2, Vogt 1, Mininger 1.

Junior Varsity

Nickerson def. Hesston 25-20, 25-16

Smoky Valley def. Hesston 25-14, 25-18

Nickerson def. Smoky Valley 14-25, 25-20, 15-12

C Team

Smoky Valley def. Nickerson 25-23, 26-24

Hesston def. Nickerson 26-24, 25-22

Hesston def. Smoky Valley 21-25, 25-14, 15-5