[ By STEVE CARPENTER ]
[ BLUE DRAGON SPORTS INFORMATION ]
The Blue Dragons dropped the first two sets to Colby, but rallied to win the third and fourth sets. Hutch had a late lead and had Colby on the ropes. The Trojans remained undefeated with a 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 16-14 win over Hutchinson.
Hutch is now 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the Jayhawk West. Colby improves to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the West. The Blue Dragons are home on Saturday against Garden City in a 5 p.m. first serve at the Sports Arena.
After rallying to force a fifth set, the Blue Dragons built a 12-9 lead in the fifth set, forcing Colby to take a timeout. Colby then scored the next three points to knot the match again. A critical call went against the Dragons when the down official called a late touch on the Dragons. Instead of Hutch leading 13-10, the lead was 12-11. Hutch had one match point, but couldn’t convert.
Sophomore Elena Takova had a huge match hitting .410 with 19 kills on 39 swings and only three errors.
Freshman Lauren Willson had a season-high 15 kills and hit .182. Freshman Eden Hiebert had 15 kills on .163 hitting. Sophomore Lexi Hogan had 12 kills.
Willson posted her first career double-double adding 13 digs. Sophomore setter Cassidy Crites had her fifth double-double of the season with 22 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Payton Gawith had 12 assists.
Sophomore libero Raychel Reed had a season-high 26 digs.
Hutchinson is now 0-2 in five-set matches this season and has dropped six consecutive five-set matches going back to last season.