Swathers survive

to reach semis

EMPORIA – The Hesston Swather volleyball team survived a three-way tie-breaker to advance to the semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament Friday at White Auditorium in Emporia.

Hesston downed Erie 25-9, 25-14; lost to Silver Lake, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19; and beat Nemaha Central 25-20, 25-19.

Hesston, Nemaha Central and Silver Lake all finished with a 2-1 pool play record. The first tie-breaker was set winning percentage, where Hesston finished 5-2, followed by Nemaha Central at 4-2 and Silver Lake at 4-3. Silver Lake, the defending state champs, were then eliminated. Hesston was awarded first place in the pool on head-to-head finish against Nemaha Central.

Hesston, 39-4, will face Hays Thomas More Prep-Marian in the semifinals, while Nemaha Central will face Cheney in the other semifinal.

Both semifinal matches begin at 10 a.m. The finals and third-place match will follow.

Goessel wins

pool play

EMPORIA – The jump up in classification hasn’t hurt the Goessel High School volleyball team as the Bluebirds finished 3-0 in pool play to reach the semifinals of the Class 2A state tournament in Emporia.

Goessel opened play with a 25-11, 25-13 win over Leon Bluestem. Goessel then downed Meade 25-12, 25-11. Goessel closed out play with a win over Smith Center 25-11, 25-23.

Stats on the matches were not available at deadline.

Goessel is 42-0 and will face Valley Heights at 2 p.m. today in the semifinals. Smith Center will face Heritage Christian at 2 p.m. in the other semifinals.

The finals and third-place match will follow the semifinals.

Bethel falls

to Saint Mary

The Bethel College volleyball team fell to the University of Saint Mary Friday in KCAC play at Thresher Gym.

Bethel fell 25-16, 25-20, 25-14.

For Saint Mary, Kaitlynn Lanier had nine kills, followed by Angela Wade with eight. Whitney Rock set 29 assists. Wade served three aces. Katy Koepke had 13 digs.

Katie Neira had eight kills for Bethel. Kelsie Anderson had 18 assists. Rachel Bustillos had 15 digs.

Saint Mary is 14-16, 8-11 in KCAC play. Bethel is 6-21, 3-17 in KCAC play.

Bethel hosts KCAC leader Ottawa at 7 p.m. Wednesday for senior day.

SAINT MARY (14-16, 8-11 KCAC) — (kills-aces-blocks) Ashley Rosado 0-2-0; Marissa Martin 0-0-0; Kaitlynn Lanier 9-1-2; Maleka Benjamin 4-0-2; Brittani Pascua 0-0-0; Ariel Wakefield 0-0-0; Savannah Fillion 5-0-1; Whitney Rock 4-0-0; Bianca Asheim 6-0-0; Raegan Barrows 0-0-0; Alyssa Chung 0-1-0; Katy Koepke 0-1-0; Angela Wade 8-3-0. Totals 36-8-3.0.

BETHEL (6-21, 3-17 KCAC) — (kills-aces-blocks) Avery Myatt 2-0-0; Taylor Buessing 0-0-0; Abby Kurtzer 6-0-1; Anna Stucky 0-0-0; Sami Strauss 1-0-1; Kaylee VanderVeen 0-1-0; Shayla Schweitzer 0-0-0; Kelsie Anderson 7-0-1; Rachel Bustillos 0-1-0; Jeni Reichenberger 4-0-0; Katie Neira 8-1-0. Totals 28-3-2.0.

Assist leaders — USM: Rock 29. BC: Anderson 18. Dig leaders — USM: Koepke 13, Rock 8. BC: Bustillos 15, VanderVeen 8.

St. Mary;25;25;25;—3


Hesston falls


HESSTON — The Hesston College volleyball team fell to Johnson County Community College in four sets Friday in Hesston.

The Larks fell 28-30, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15.

Sam Rossin had 13 kills for Hesston, followed by Jade Gleason with 10. Faith Hallmark set 40 assists. Kylie Brenneman and Hallmark each had 18 digs, followed by Kylee Kasselman with 16 and Sierrah Long with 11. Gleason downed five blocks.

Hesston is 11-17, 2-8 in NJCAA Division II, Region VI play. Hesston ends the regular season by hosting the Bethel JV at 2 p.m. today.