Lady Dragons Sweep Past Barton In Jayhawk West Battle

Posted 2 years ago

By Glen Grunwald

(HCC SPORTS INFORMATION)  Sophomore Jade Nelson and freshman Teresa Wade had nine kills each to lead the 19th-ranked Hutchinson Community College volleyball team to a 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Barton on Monday night at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson maintained its lead in the Jayhawk West with a decisive 25-14, 25-14, 25-17 victory over the Cougars.

Nelson and Wade led a dominant performance at the net for the Lady Dragons (13-5, 6-0 Jayhawk West). Hutchinson had 33 kills to five attack errors, while Barton had a .000 hitting percentage as a team with 16 kills and 16 attack errors. HCC had a decisive 9-5 blocking advantage as well.

Nelson had nine kills and four blocks (1 solo, 3 assists), while Wade had nine kills with one solo block and one service ace.

Freshman middle Megan Heier had four kills and four blocks. Shayne Haley had three kills and two blocks. Freshman Mariah Dickson had three kills and sophomore Gabby Rushton had two kills and three total blocks.

Sophomore setter Scout Heizer had 15 assists, while Ashlyn Westerman had 12 with two service aces. Freshman libero Samantha Lackey had 14 digs.

Taylor Littleton had five kills and two blocks to lead the Cougars (6-12, 4-2). Isabel Valdez had four kills and two blocks.

HCC had a season-high six total blocks in the first set to power a first-set victory. Leading 10-9, Haley’s kill sparked a run of nine-straight points that was capped off by a double-block by Heier and Nelson for a 19-9 lead. HCC finished off the set with its sixth block of the set, a double by Nelson and Rushton to take a 1-0 lead.

Back-to-back service aces by Westerman capped a 4-0 HCC run and built a 10-4 lead. Then leading 15-11, the Lady Dragons pulled away with a 9-0 run. Nelson had three kills and HCC built a 23-11 lead at the end of the run with a double block by Heier and Haley. The Lady Dragons had eight kills, three blocks and four service aces while holding Barton to just six kills in the set.

HCC took early third-set leads of 5-1, 11-4 and 13-6. The Cougars scored four-straight points, their longest run of the match, to pull within 13-10. HCC answered back with a 4-0 run, getting back-to-back kills from Nelson to go up 17-10. Leading 22-13, Barton again scored four in a row when Dickson got a tip to go off the block on an out-of-system play, a Barton attack error and a Wade kill to finish the match off.

Hutchinson will close out the first half of the Jayhawk West season on Wednesday at Dodge City.