Volleyball News Archive 2014-2015

Volleyball earns 20th win; eyes Cowley

The Hesston College volleyball team earned its 20th win of the season with a come-from-behind home win (15-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9) over Labette CC on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had a season-high 35 digs, while Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) led Hesston with 18 kills and added 18 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) paced the Larks attack with 39 assists. Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) blocked four shots.

Hesston, now 20-5 on the year and winner of 11 straight, travels to Arkansas City, Kan., for a 6:30 p.m. showdown with Region VI leader and defending national champion Cowley College on Monday, Oct 27.

Volleyball win streak at 10 as Larks sweep tri

The Hesston College volleyball team continued its roll with a pair of impressive wins at a triangular hosted by Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) Saturday, Oct. 18.

In the opener against Southwestern CC (Creston, Iowa), Hesston won easily (25-16, 25-18, 25-14) on the strength of Christy Swartzendruber’s (Shickley, Neb.) team-high 12 kills to go along with eight digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 31 assists, while Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) led with 10 digs.

In the day’s second game against host Southeast, the teams split the first two games (25-23, 18-25) before Hesston pulled away late (25-21, 25-16) to run its win streak to double digits.

Swartzendruber contributed 14 kills and 16 digs, while Perez again logged 31 assists. Rimann added 16 digs and Alex Hiebert (Goessel, Kan.) had a game-high six blocks.

Hesston hosts Labette CC at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Larks, on the cusp on a 20-win season, have clinched a Region VI playoff spot with an eye on hosting an opening-round game.

 

 

 

 

Larks trounce Indy: win streak at seven

Another game, another win for Hesston College Volleyball.

The  Larks traveled to Independence (Kan.) CC on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and quickly dispatched the Pirates in three games (25-16, 25-19, 25-16) for its seventh win in a row. Hesston, now 16-5 overall (4-2 in Region VI play), looks like a lock for a postseason bid.

Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had 17 digs to lead the Hesston defense, while Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) added 12.

Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) led with seven kills and three blocks. Abby Regier (Newton, Kan.) had 18 assists. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) added 12 assists.

Hesston Volleyball hosts Neosho County CC at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. The Larks have been nearly unbeatable at home, sporting an impressive 10-1 mark at Yost Center.

 

Hesston knocks off nationally-ranked Ft Scott

The Hesston College volleyball team recorded a huge mid-season win over Region VI stalwart and #11-ranked Fort Scott (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Oct. 1, stretching the Larks’ winning streak to five games.

Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had a team-high 11 kills and 10 digs, while Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) led with 13 digs. Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) blocked three shots and Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 17 assists in the win.

The three-game win (25-23, 25-23, 27-26), which ended FSCC’s 15-game winning streak, lifts Hesston Volleyball to 14-5 overall and 3-2 in Region VI play.

The Larks take on MCC-Longview at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 in a non-region contest.

 

 

Larks cap 3-0 homecoming weekend with thrilling win

The Hesston College volleyball team made it a 3-0 homecoming weeknd thanks to a thrilling five-game win (25-21, 25-14, 15-25, 20-25, 17 -15) over Clarendon College on Saturday, Sept. 27. With the weekend wins, the Larks now stand at an impressive 13-5.

In Friday’s win (25-15, 26-24, 25-18) over Tabor College JV, Christy Swartzendruber’s (Shickley, Neb.) eight digs and a team-high 14 kills led the way. Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) recorded 17 kills.

On Saturday Hesston hosted a triangular against Independence (Kan.) CC and Clarendon. In the win over Independence (25-14, 28-26, 25-22), Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 18 assists while Rimann and Kymee Noll (Nortonville, Kan.) had 14 and 11 digs, respectively. Swartzendruber added 10 kills.

In the five-game finale, the Larks were again led by Swartzendruber (16 kills, 2 digs) Rimann (25 digs) and Perez (33 assists).

Hesston looks ahead to a key Region VI home match against Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

 

Hesston races past Highland for Region VI win

The Hesston College volleyball team returned to its winning ways with a resounding 3-0 win (25-17, 25-16, 25-22) over Highland (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Abby Regier (Newton, Kan.) had 27 assists for the Larks, while Christy Swartzendruber (Shickely, Neb.) led with 17 kills. Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had a team-high 13 digs. Jacey Guy (Meriden, Kan.) and Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) each had a pair of blocks.

10-5 on the year, the Larks return home for 7 p.m. match against Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Friday, Sept. 26.

Hesston dominates Dodge City for 3rd straight win

The Hesston College volleyball team built on its early season success by thrashing Dodge City (Kan.) CC at Yost Center on Friday, Sept. 12, improving its season record to 8-3.

The Larks built a commanding two-game advantage with consecutive 25-14 wins before finishing with the match with a 25-20 win in the third game.

Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had 10 kills in 18 attempts (56 percent), while Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had 21 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 29 assists.

Hesston travels to Longview CC (Kansas City, Mo.) for a 12 p.m. match on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Larks fly past Allen in Region VI home opener

The Hesston College volleyball team continued its solid play this season with a four-game home win (25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21) over Allen CC (Iola, Kan.) on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had a team-high 23 digs and 17 kills. Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) added 20 digs. Karli Rodriguez (Harker Heights, Texas) had a huge night at the net, blocking six shots, while Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 36 assists.

Now 7-3 (1-1 in Region VI) on the year, the Larks host Dodge City (Kan.) CC at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.

Larks roll past Dodge City

The Hesston College volleyball team built on its early season success with a resounding three-game win (25-20, 25-21, 25-18) at NJCAA Div. I Dodge City (Kan. ) CC on Friday, Sept. 5.

Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had a game-high 13 kills and 10 digs for Hesston. Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had a team-high 11 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) paced the offense with 25 assists.

The Larks, now 6-3 on the year, look to sweep the season series with Dodge City when the Conquistadors visit Yost Center for a 6:30 p.m. matchup on Friday, Sept. 12. Hesston Volleyball opens Region VI play with a 6:30 p.m. home match against Allen CC on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

 

Hesston earns 2-2 mark at Vernon Tourney

The Hesston College volleyball team added two more wins in its young season with a solid showing at the Vernon (Texas) College Tournament August 29-30.

After falling in three games in the opening match against Panola College (Carthage, Texas), the Larks responded with an impressive five-game win (25-17, 19-25, 16-25, 25-16, 15-9) over Western Texas CC (Snyder, Texas) to end the first day’s action.

Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had 17 digs and a team-high 12 kills, while Amanda Parker (Uniontown, Ohio) added 11 kills. Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) led with 27 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 37 assists.

On Aug 30, Hesston cruised to a three-game win (25-8, 25-12, 25-17) over Eastfield College (Mesquite, Texas). Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) had three blocks, while Abby Regier (Newton, Kan.) racked up 20 assists. Rodriquez and Brooke Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) each had six kills. Rimann added 14 digs.

The Larks fell to host Vernon College (16-25, 19-25, 19-25) in the final match of the tournament. Hesston Volleyball, now 5-2 on the year, jumps into Region VI play with a 6:30 p.m. match at Kansas City Kansas CC on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larks fly to 3-0 start

The Hesston College volleyball team defeated Bethany College JV (Lindsborg, Kan.) in three games (25-10, 25-16, 25-20) on Wednesday, Aug. 27, improving its season mark to 3-0.

Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had a team-high 10 kills and added 12 digs for Hesston. Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) led the team with 18 digs, while Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 29 assists. Karli Rodriguez (Harker Heights, Texas) added two blocks at the net.

Hesston will compete in the Vernon (Texas) CC Tournament Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30. The Larks will play four games over the weekend before opening Region VI play with a 6:30 p.m. match on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Kansas City Kansas CC.

Larks open season with pair of home wins

The Hesston College volleyball team opened its 2014 schedule with a pair of convincing wins in a home triangular on Sat., August 23.

After beating Friends University JV (Wichita, Kan.) in four games (25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14), Hesston capped off the day with a three-game win (25-17, 25-21, 25-11) over Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.).

In the opener, freshman hitter Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) led the way with nine kills and 13 digs. Sophomore Samantha Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had 37 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 29 assists.

Against Bethel, Rimann (36) and Perez (21) again led in digs and assists, while Brooke Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) and Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) each had seven kills.

Hesston Volleyball hosts a 6:30 p.m. match against Bethany College JV (Lindsborg, Kan.) on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

 

Larks Volleyball set to open 2014 season

Head Coach Jessica Cleveland begins her fourth season at the helm of Hesston College Volleyball. Cleveland has assembled a talented and athletic roster she believes can compete in their. In 2013, Region VI members Cowley College (Arkansas City) and Johnson County CC (Overland Park) finished first and third at the NJCAA national tournament.

Four sophomores will lead a roster of 13 as the Larks look forward to an always challenging Region VI schedule. The majority of Cleveland’s roster hails from outside Kansas, with the average distance from home being nearly 400 miles.

“I love the geographic diversity of our roster,” Cleveland said. “With campus and community support, our focus is to make this truly a home-away-from-home experience for our players. Diverse regions bring different levels and styles of play. I’m excited to learn players’ tendencies and styles and to teach them how to adapt to a high level of play.”

Hesston opens with a home triangular Saturday, Aug. 23, against junior varsity squads from Friends University (Wichita) and Bethel College (North Newton). The Larks will compete Aug. 29 to 30 in the Vernon (Texas) Community College Tournament.

“This team has progressed quickly and is fundamentally strong,” Cleveland said. “We’re a solid group in skill and character, and I’m looking forward to getting this season started.”

Larks Volleyball finalizes 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Jacey Guy, a 5’10” outside hitter from Jefferson West High School, Meriden, Kan., as the final addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.  

A two-year letter-winner in volleyball, Guy was an important part of the Jefferson West team that won sub-state and advanced to the state tournament in 2013.

“Jacey has a powerful arm swing that will earn lots of kills,” Cleveland said. “She has a no-fear mentality on the court and has a great volleyball instinct and big-play ability.”   

Guy is the daughter of Robert and Sherra Helmer, Meriden. She will study engineering at Hesston.

Hesston College Volleyball adds Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.) senior to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Sarah Stephens, a 6-foot middle/right-side hitter from Sunrise Christian Academy, Wichita, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.  

A four-sport athlete at Sunrise Christian, Stephens participated in volleyball, soccer, tennis and track. A National Honor Society member and Honor Roll student, she will pursue studies towards a degree in philosophy.

“I’m excited to watch Sarah develop,” Cleveland said. “She has a strong block at the front row and it will be fun to see her transition to the college level.”

Stephens attends Valley Center (Kan.) Christian Church. She is the daughter of Jay and Julie Stephens, Valley Center.