The Hesston College volleyball team hosted Friends University and the Barton Community College in a home triangular tournament over homecoming weekend.
The Larks began the day taking on Friends Falcons JV, an NAIA school from Wichita. Hesston had no problem, downing the Falcons 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-18). The Larks had impressive starts in each set including a 10-0 run to start the second frame. Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) led the charge with 11 kills, followed by sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) with nine. Freshman Jessica Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas.) chipped in two aces and 14 assists in the winning effort.
In the second match, the Larks were up against a familiar Region VI foe, Barton CC. The Cougars entered the match 18-5 on the season and took control early in the first set before Hesston rattled off a few points late to make things interesting before falling 23-25. Barton continued their momentum, knocking off the Larks 25-15 in set two. The Larks showed some real grit in the third set rallying from as many as seven down to get things level at 22-22 before eventually winning 25-23. Hesston ran out of gas in the fourth set, dropping 16-25 to the Cougars.
Jessanna Nebel had 10 kills followed by Kortney Cunningham with nine. Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) had 15 digs, and sophomore Emily McMicheal (Fort Worth, Texas) had 14 in the loss. “The girls fought hard today and played with heart,” Head Coach DeeDee Landes commented. “It just wasn’t quite enough to hold off a strong Barton team.”
Volleyball will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. for a home match vs. Labette Community College (Parsons, Kan.).