Larks record first win of season during annual Hesston Invitational

A 15-12 win in the fifth game of Friday’s match versus Labette County Community College (Parsons, Kan.) propelled Hesston to their first win of the season as the Larks kicked off their annual Hesston Invitational. Scores for the match were 26-24, 25-17, 25-17, 24-26, 15-12.

“We played with intensity and desire more consistently than we have all season,” said Head Coach Kristin Rhodes. Sherrese (Ediger – Meade, Kan.) and Malerie (Hertzler – Halstead, Kan.) had a strong showing at the net, both offensively and defensively. Janelle (Jenkins – Aurora, Colo.) had some incredible digs and Jo (Carlson – Hillsboro, Kan.) ran a solid, balanced offense.”

Carlson recorded a season-high 33 assists, while Jenkins and Hertzler teamed with her on the defensive side of the net to give the Larks a strong presence, each recording double digit numbers in digs.

After falling to Brookhaven College (Dallas, Texas) in three games, the Larks nearly pulled off another win against Otero (Colo.) Community College. Down two games to none, Hesston rallied to force an exciting game five. But it was not enough, however, as the visitors came away with a 15-11 win to finish the match.

For the tournament, Hertzler and Ediger finished with 27 and 26 kills, respectively, while Jenkins and Carlson each had 34 kills.

A highlight of the Invitational was Friday night’s “Think Pink Night”, where donations, proceeds from T-Shirt sales, as well as a portion of the gate were all donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Now in its third year, the tradition was started under former Hesston volleyball coach Vanessa Schroeder. Hesston players wore pink jerseys during their match versus Brookhaven, which were donated by Central National Bank (Hesston, Kan.).