LYONS — The Hesston High School volleyball team made it five straight sub-state championships in a row after winning the Class 3A sub-state tourney Saturday in Lyons.
“We have struggled in the past several weeks with consistency, energy, and staying positive
throughout our mistakes, but today the team found a way to excel in all of those areas,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We played well throughout the day and were able to win three two-set matches in a row for only the second time this season.”
Hesston opened with a win over Southeast of Saline 25-15, 25-5.
Talby Duerksen led the Hesston attack with 10 kills, followed by Rylie Schilling with nine. Elise Kaiser, Duerksen and Celbi Richardson each served three aces. Schilling downed two blocks. Kaiser, Duerksen and Liz Lumbreras each had six digs. Richardson set 17 assists.
For Southeast, 5-32, Brooke Rohr and Olivia Pennington each had two kills. Karsyn Schlesener served two aces and set five assists. Kallie Albrecht had eight digs.
In the semifinals, Hesston downed host Lyons 25-17, 25-14.
Duerksen had five kills for Hesston, followed by Kaiser and Jada Mininger with four each. Richardson served three aces, followed by Harley Ferralez and Duerksen with two each. Kaiser downed four blocks, followed by Alex Martin with three. Kaiser and Duerksen each had four digs. Richardson set 10 assists.
Lyons ends the season 20-17.
In the championship match, Hesston downed Cheney 25-17, 25-22.
Duerksen had 14 kills. Schilling downed three blocks. Kaiser had 15 digs, followed by Duerksen with 11 and Richardson with 10. Richardson set 19 assists.
Cheney ends the season 26-11.
“I am very proud of the way this team stepped up to compete at a high level against the teams at this sub-state,” Peters said. “We had to work hard to pull ahead in most of the sets, but once we found our rhythm, things were clicking for us most of the time. We had a five-point lead against Cheney in the final set and they came back to tie the set at 22, but we were able to keep our composure and finish out the match.”
Hesston enters state play 30-7. The state tournament will be at the Hutchinson Sports Arena, a new site for the tournament.
Hesston drew the fifth seed and will open against Nemaha Central (35-8) at 3:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Burlington (37-3) at 6:30 p.m. and league rival Hoisington (16-24) at 8:30 p.m.
The top two teams in the pool advance to the semifinals Saturday.
Halstead opened play with a win over Haven 25-15, 25-13.
In the semifinals, Halstead fell to Cheney 25-20, 23-25, 29-27.
Halstead ends the season 30-9.
Hesston def. Southeast of Saline 25-16, 25-5
Lyons def. Smoky Valley 17-25, 25-22, 25-14
Halstead def. Haven 25-13, 25-13
Cheney def. Kingman 25-14, 25-18
Hesston def. Lyons 25-17, 25-14
Cheney def. Halstead 25-20, 23-25, 29-27
Hesston def. Cheney 25-17, 25-22