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				    			Austin Budke and the Blue Dragon men's basketball team open the 2014-15 season on Friday night against Trinidad State in the Quarterback Classic at the Sports Arena. (Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)	    			Aubrey Wilson (7) and Anna Proffitt (16) team up for a block during the third set of HCC's 3-0 Jayhawk West sweep of Barton on Thursday at the Sports Arena. (Shannon Donaldson/HCC Sports Information)	    			Siobhon Wilson drives toward the net to score and give HCC a two-goal lead in the first half on Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex. HCC defeated Neosho County 3-2 to clinch the Jayhawk West championship. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)	    		Lauren Darby had 16 kills to lead the Jayhawk West champion Blue Dragon volleyball team to a Jayhawk West sweep of Cloud County on Tuesday at the Sports Arena (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
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BLUE DRAGONS BACK ON THE ROAD TO IOWA TO MEET ELLSWORTH

Football | 10.31.14

The Hutchinson Community College football team looks to rebound for the first time this season on Saturday as the No. 7 Blue Dragons return to the state of Iowa for the second-straight week to take on Ellsworth Community College at 1 p.m. in Iowa Falls.

The Blue Dragons lost for the first time in 2014 to now No. 1 Iowa Western 58-34 in a contest much closer than the final score showed. HCC was victimized by three 40-plus yard touchdown plays, two red zone turnovers, one touchdown controversially called back and another sure TD not completed when the receiver lost the ball in the late afternoon sun.

Still, after the loss, the Blue Dragons fell only three spots in the NJCAA poll.

The Blue Dragons and Ellsworth meet for only the second time in history, the first since 1972.

Hutchinson is 1-1 in the new Jayhawk-ICCAC football scheduling alliance. Ellsworth has posted a 3-3 mark against the Jayhawk this season with victories over Dodge City, Fort Scott and Independence.

Last week, the Panthers dropped to 0-2 in the ICCAC after a 23-15 home loss to Iowa Central. Quarterback Mitch Wieland threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Tyrian Taylor caught five passes for 160 yards and Tad Steffensen caught five balls for 104 yards.

The Blue Dragons continue to be the best-rushing team in the Jayhawk Conference and rank fifth nationally at 264.6 yards per game. Ellsworth is allowing 202.6 rushing yards on the ground this season.


GAME 10: HUTCHINSON at ELLSWORTH
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Cadet Stadium, Iowa Falls, IA
Kickoff: 1 p.m.

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BLUE DRAGONS
Record: 8-1 (6-0 Jayhawk)
NJCAA Ranking: No. 7
Last Game: lost to No. 2 Iowa Western 58-34 on Oct. 25
Coach: Rion Rhoades, 8th season

PANTHERS
Record: 3-5 (0-2 ICCAC)
NJCAA Ranking: Unranked
Last Game: Lost at Iowa Central 23-15 on Oct. 25
Coach: Jesse Montalto, 1st season


The Coaches
Hutchinson
: Rion Rhoades is in his eighth season with the Blue Dragons. He has a 60-28 record at HCC and 67-33 in his ninth season as a head coach. Rhoades is 5-0 in bowl games at Hutchinson.

Ellsworth: Jesse Montalto is in his first season with the Panthers. He has recorded a 2-5 record so far at Ellsworth.

Noting The Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons are third in the Jayhawk Conference and 12th in the NJCAA in scoring at 44.2 points per game. The Dragons lead the league and rank fifth nationally in the NJCAA in rushing offense at 264.6 yards per game. The Dragons are averaging 226.6 passing yards per game and 491.1 total yards, which ranks No. 2 in the Jayhawk Conference and ninth in the NJCAA.

+ Defensively, the Blue Dragons are allowing 25.0 points per game, No. 2 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Blue Dragons rank No. 1 in the KJCCC in rushing defense (101.9 yards per game allowed). The Dragons are fifth in passing defense at 221.8 yards per game. HCC is second in the KJCCC in total defense at 323.7 yards per game.

+ The Blue Dragon running game has produced nine 100-yard rushers, 31 rushing touchdowns and an average of 5.4 yards per carry.

+ Alvin Kamara is No. 6 in the nation and second in the Jayhawk Conference in rushing at 134.3 yards per game. Kamara became HCC’s 17th 1,000-yard rusher. He has 21 total touchdowns, 18 coming on the ground. Kamara has rushed for at least 100 yards in 8 of 9 games this season.

+ Running back Travis Custis had a season-high 146 yards against Fort Scott and two touchdowns. Custis is ninth in the Jayhawk at 58.4 yards per game with six touchdowns. Bradan Smith had his first career 100-yard game on Sept. 27 against Dodge City and is now averaging 43.9 yards per game. Smith is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, Custis is at 5.3 per rush.

+ Both Blue Dragon quarterbacks have had stellar moments in guiding the offense and both have comparable numbers. Kylen Binn has completed 75 of 141 passes for 1,056 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Dalton Demos has completed 76 of 141 passes for 936 yards with 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

+ Thirteen different Blue Dragons have caught at least one pass this season. The top five have 18 receptions or more. Bryce Harvey has a team-high 30 receptions for 217 yards and one TD. Anthony Autry now has team highs in receiving yards with 424 and receiving touchdowns with six. Autry has 27 receptions. DeQuan Bowman has 21 catches for 369 yards and four TDs. Juwan Dickey has 20 catches for 356 yards and five touchdowns. Kamara, out of the backfield, has 18 catches for 219 yards and three scores.

+ Linebacker Lakel Bass is HCC’s leading tackler with 80 total tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Linebacker Darius Wright has 73 total tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Defensive back Riley Hunsicker has 65 tackles. Linebacker Kyle Wilson has 60 tackles. Defensive end Marquavius Lewis has 60 tackles.

+ The Blue Dragons have racked up 36 quarterback sacks through nine games, including a season-high seven vs. Garden City on Oct. 11. Marquavius Lewis has a Jayhawk Conference-high 11 quarterback sacks and has 17 quarterback hurries. Jeremiah Ledbetter has 8.5 quarterback sacks.

+ Blue Dragon coverage teams have six blocked kicks this season. Jeremiah Ledbetter and Claude George have two blocked kicks each. Riley Hunsicker and Devonta’ Staples have the others. HCC has blocked three extra points, two punts and one field goal

+ HCC has 15 interceptions and 24 total takeaways.

+ Freshman placekicker Kassidy Lemons is 39 of 43 on extra points and 2 of 3 on field goals. Tymony Bonilla handled all the placement kicks in the first two weeks of the season. Bonilla was 10 of 10 on extra points and 3 of 3 on field goals, hitting from 21, 32 and 33 yards.

+ Punter Stetson Broce is leading the Jayhawk Conference and ranks 11th in the NJCAA in punting at 37.9 yards per punt. He had a long of 71 yards against Dodge City on Sept. 27. Broce has seven punts of 50-plus yards and has downed 23 punts inside the opponent 20.

+ Anthony Autry is HCC’s top kickoff return man at 26.8 yards per return with one 89-yard return for a touchdown. DeQuan Bowman has returned 27 punts this season for an average of 7.4 yards per return.

Noting Ellsworth
+ Former Ellsworth coaches have some recent ties to Blue Dragon football. In 2012, former HCC offensive coordinator Josh Gooch was the head coach at Ellsworth. Last season, former linebackers coach Josh Lattimer was the Panthers' head coach.

+ The Panthers are averaging 23.9 points per game offensively this season. They have been able to move the ball, averaging 357.1 yards per game. Ellsworth averages 213.3 passing yards and 143.9 rushing yards per game.

+ Defensively, Ellsworth is allowing 30.7 points and 392.1 yards per contest this season. The Panthers are giving up 202.6 rushing yards and 189.6 passing yards.

+ Sophomore duel-threat quarterback Demarius Davis has had a solid season for the Panthers. He’s thrown for 1,059 yards this season, completing 77 of 150 passes with four touchdowns and seven interception. Davis has also rushed for 163 yards. Davis did not play last week against Iowa Central. Back-up Mitch Wieland has thrown for 478 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

+ Zaybreion Gunter is Ellsworth’s top running back with 322 yards and one touchdown, averaging 3.0 yards per carry. Zavier Washpun has 292 yards and a 4.7 yard-per-carry average with four touchdowns.

+ Tyrian Taylor has 42 receptions for 685 yards and six touchdowns to lead Ellsworth’s receiving corps. Tad Steffensen had 18 catches for 256 yards and two scores.

+ Freshman linebacker Terry Mooty leads Ellsworth defensively with 60 tackles. He also has two forced fumbles. Josh Kirk has 53 tackles and an interception. Kevin Thompson has a team-high four quarterback sacks. Angelo Sumpter has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries for the Panthers.

+ Dayton Balvanz has taken over all the kicking duties. As a punter, Balvanz is averaging 46.6 yards per punt on 19 punts. As a place kicker, he has connected on 4 of 5 field goals with a long of 47 yards. He's 11 of 14 on extra points.

+ Tyrian Taylor averages 22.2 yards per kickoff return and 9.5 yards per punt return.

Series History vs. Ellsworth
Saturday’s game will be the second meeting between Hutchinson and Ellsworth, the first since 1972. This will be only the 10th meeting between the Blue Dragons and an opponent from the state of Iowa.

HCC is 2-0 vs. Iowa Central, 2-0 vs. Graceland, playing in 1955 and 1956; 1-0 vs. Ellsworth, playing in 1972; 1-2 vs. Iowa Falls, playing in 1971, 1973 and 1974; and 0-1 against Iowa Western.

The Jayhawk Conference and Iowa Conference are in the first season of a scheduling alliance. So far, HCC is 1-1 vs. Iowa with a 42-14 win over Iowa Central on Sept. 20 and last week’s loss to Iowa Western.

(HCC Sports Information)


SEASON PREVIEW: DEPTH, ATHLETICSM GIVE BLUE DRAGONS HIGH HOPES

Basketball - Men | 10.30.14

There were times last season when Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball coach Steve Eck looked out on the floor and then looked to his bench searching for some help.

For much of the conference season, that help wasn’t there was HCC at one point last season was missing three starters and had as few as six healthy players available because of injury.

So far in the preseason for the upcoming 2014-15 basketball season, Eck has a healthy team that potentially will be deep and talented.

“We need to find who can be a good teammate,” said Eck, whose team opens the season in the 2014 Quarterback Classic on Friday night against Trinidad State Junior College at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Arena. “We have to find our identity. In the four scrimmages, we haven’t found one yet and with nine players, it might take a while.”

The Blue Dragons return four players from a 26-8 team that finished second in the Jayhawk West and were Region VI runner-up last season.

DeShawn Freeman, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is the leading returning player for the Blue Dragons. Playing in only 17 games last season, Freeman averaged 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, shooting 56.1 percent from the field. Freeman also averaged 2.3 assists per game. Freeman missed 17 games last season.

“DeShawn’s had a good preseason so far,” Eck said. “He rebounds it well and gets to the boards. He plays defense. He gets to the basket. He will be effective for us.”

Austin Budke, a 6-6 guard from Beloit, was relatively healthy last season, but still missed three games. Starting in 13 games, Budke averaged 8.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Budke shot 47.8 percent overall and shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range, hitting 31 shots from long range.

Zach Winter is a 6-3 guard from Andover. He wasn’t able to escape injury, missing 14 games last season. Winter returns after averaging 1.1 points and 1.1 rebound per game. Darius Freeman, a 6-1 guard from Rocky Mount, North Carolina – DeShawn’s brother – is the fourth returnee. At the height of the injuries last season, Darius played key minutes, averaging 2.0 points per game in 18 games.

“DeShawn, Austin and Zack are back healthy this year. I didn’t have them for over half of the games last season,” Eck said. “That was tough.”

The Blue Dragons will have to replace Kadeem Allen, the 2014 NJCAA and KABC National Player of the Year, as well as six other key players that were a part of Hutchinson’s 2013 Region VI championship team.

What Eck likes about his group of players is their versatility in terms of playing multiple positions. The Blue Dragons won’t be as big inside like last year with Coreantae DeBerry and Andre Sands, but this team possesses good length and better overall speed.

Three players will battle for the point guard position. Darius Freeman, Jaylan Robertson (6-0, Clinton, North Carolina) and Akbar Hoffman (6-1, Newark, New Jersey) will be in contention for that position. In the post will be freshmen Moataz Aly (6-9, Alexandria, Egypt) and Jabari Craig (6’11, Toronto) – a University of Southern California transfer – will be battling for time. All three, according to Eck, are different in their approach as a point guard.

The remainder of the squad can play all three other spots.

In addition to DeShawn Freeman, that group of player include Che Bob (6’6, Charlotte, North Carolina), Bashier Ahmed (6’7, Bronx, New York), Jawan Emery (6-7, Overland Park) and Keanu Pinder (6’8, Perth, Australia). Pinder is slated to also work inside for the Dragons this season.

“We have 12 guys who can play,” Eck said. “With that, we have to figure out the pecking order and figure out who to put in and where and why. It’s going to be tough to get the rotation down.”

With Allen averaging 25.9 points per game, the 2014 Blue Dragons averaged 88.2 points per game that season while shooting 48.8 percent from the field, but a less-than-anticipated 31.3 percent from 3-point range.

Where the injuries last season really took their toll came on the defensive end of the floor. Last season, the Blue Dragons allowed 82.1 points per game, the worst defensive scoring average in team history.

Eck thinks the athletic make-up of this team will lower that average considerably, but to get it where past Eck teams have averaged, there is much work to be done.

“I hope to be a good defensive team before it’s all over,” Eck said. “We have eight or nine freshmen right now who are still trying to figure out how hard you have to go to be a good defensive team. “We have some length and some athletic guys that will allow us to do some scrambling and some trapping and to pick up the pace up a little bit.”

The Blue Dragons open the new season as the preseason favorite to win their first Jayhawk West championship since 2004. HCC opens at No. 22 in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball preseason poll.

Hutchinson’s season-opening opponents will be Trinidad State and Jayhawk East opponent Labette. Games both nights will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

(HCC Sports Information)


CHAMPION BLUE DRAGONS COMPLETE JAYHAWK WEST SEASON UNDEFEATED

Volleyball | 10.30.14

The Jayhawk West champion Hutchinson Community College volleyball team completed the conference’s first undefeated in six years on Thursday night as the Blue Dragons swept past Barton 3-0 on Sophomore Night at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson finished off an unblemished 16-match run through conference play with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-20 victory over the Cougars. The Blue Dragons, who have claimed two outright and one shared Jayhawk West title in the last three seasons – finish the regular season 24-12.

The last team to complete an undefeated run through a Jayhawk West season was Hutchinson in 2008. It’s HCC’s fifth all-time defeated conference season.

The Blue Dragons dominated Barton, out-hitting the Cougars 38-21 and out-blocking Barton 7-5. The Dragons also had eight service aces, a Jayhawk West-season high for HCC.

Sophomore middle Nicole Kinser led Hutchinson with 12 kills on just two errors. She added one solo block and three block assists.

Freshman Aubrey Wilson had a good all-around game with 10 kills on no errors. Wilson added five blocks, two service aces, five digs and 14 set assists.

Sophomore Lauren Darby had eight kills, while freshman Jai Chapman added five.

Freshman Tarynn Stueder served tough with a season-high four service aces. She had three in a row during a huge second-set run. Stueder also had 22 assists. Freshman libero McKenzie Steele had 12 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Rachel Griffitt had 10.

Barton was led by Kim Hockley and Jenna Reid with five kills each.

Wilson had a big first set for the Blue Dragons with four kills and two block assists. She had a kill to complete a 3-0 run that extended a one-point lead to 12-9. A Chapman kill finished off a larger 8-2 run that pushed the HCC lead to 17-10. Leading 19-15, the Dragons closed the set on a 6-1 run, scoring the final four points on a Kinser kill, Barton attack error, a double block by Kinser and Wilson and a kill by Wilson set point. HCC out-hit Barton 13-6 in the first set.

Tied 4-4 in the second, a Lexi Turner kill on an over-dig started an impressive 8-0 run for HCC. After a double-block by Anna Proffitt and Wilson, Stueder went on her tear of three-straight service aces. Then Wilson and Proffitt teamed up for another block. After back-to-back Barton attack errors, the Blue Dragons led the second set 12-4. Barton countered with a 5-2 run to pull within 14-9. Back-to-back Wilson kills started a 6-0 Hutch run to lead 20-9. The Dragons closed out a second set where they only out-hit Barton 9-8 with a Kinser kill.

Three different players had kills during an initial 7-2 third-set run. Barton bounced back with a 6-1 run to tie the set at 9-9. Back-to-back kills and a solo block by Kinser and a Wilson ace highlighted a 5-0 run to build a 14-9 HCC lead. Despite being out-hit 17-6 in the third, Barton failed to yield to the Dragons, pulling within 16-15 after a Hockley kill and 20-19 after a Blue Dragon attack error. Back-to-back Chapman kills started the Blue Dragons on their way to closing out the match with a 5-1 run. Kinser, who had seven kills in the third set, slammed home kills on points 23 and 24 and a Cougar attack into the net ended the match.

The Blue Dragons will be the No. 1 overall seed for the 2014 Region VI Tournament, which will be at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on Nov. 9-10. Brackets should be released on Friday.

MATCH NOTES – Before the match, sophomores Nicole Kinser, Rachel Griffitt, Anna Proffitt and Lauren Darby were honored for Sophomore Night. ... HCC has had undefeated Jayhawk West champions in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2014. … HCC’s 24th victory is the 24th time in 40 seasons to reach that many wins. … HCC head coach Patrick Hall now has 79 victories at Hutchinson. … This was HCC’s 14th sweep of the season. HCC is 14-4 in three-set matches. … The Blue Dragons had a set record of 48-5 in Jayhawk West matches this season.

(HCC Sports Information)


BLUE DRAGON SOCCER TOPS NEOSHO, CLINCHES OUTRIGHT JAYHAWK TITLE

Soccer | 10.29.14

Powered by a four-point game by sophomore midfielder Siobhon Wilson, the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team defeated Neosho County 3-2 on Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex in the 2014 regular-season finale.

The Blue Dragons – HCC climbed to No. 10 in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Poll released earlier Wednesday – clinched the outright Jayhawk Conference championship with the victory. This is Hutchinson’s first Jayhawk title since 2011 and fourth overall in the program’s 10th season. The Blue Dragons were 10-0-1 in the Jayhawk Conference this season.

Winners of nine in a row and unbeaten in their last 12, the Blue Dragons (13-1-1) are the No. 1 seed for the 2014 Region VI Tournament. Hutchinson will play host to Hesston College at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Region VI opening round at the Salthawk Sports Complex. That winner will move onto the Region VI semifinals next week in Topeka.

The Blue Dragons jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second half, but things became a bit tense in the middle stages of the period. Neosho County (8-7-1, 4-6-1) scored a pair of goals within five minutes of each other to pull within 3-2 with 21 minutes remaining in the game.

The game could have been tied in the second half as Neosho County had a tremendous opportunity wiped away by freshman Courtney Boswell.

With HCC up 3-0, the Panthers were on the attack and got a ball past HCC goalkeeper Jennifer Currie that was trickling toward the goal line.  Boswell sprinted in and cleared the ball, reaching it just a couple of feet away from it going into the goal.

Wilson figured in on all three Hutchinson goals against the Panthers with a goal and two assists. The four points scored were a season high for Wilson. It’s the first time that Wilson has had two assists in a game since the season opener against Western Wyoming on Aug. 23.

The Blue Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Wilson launched a direct free kick from the right of the Neosho County goal, and placed it perfectly for freshman Karrie McNutt, who didn’t let the ball hit the ground and she drove a shot from the left side past Neosho County keeper Breanna Williams for the game’s first goal.

Wilson ended a five-game goal drought in the 32nd minute. Sophomore Monica Lewis played a perfect long ball for Wilson, who sprinted for the goal and softly placed her low shot to Williams’ left and into the goal for a 2-0 Blue Dragon lead.

Hutchinson, playing with a southerly wind of 15 mph in the first half, out-shot Neosho County 10-0 in the first 45 minutes.

The Blue Dragons tacked on what turned out to be the game-winning goal 10 minutes into the second half. Wilson lofted a corner kick right into the box and freshman Claire Taylor had the ball glance off her shoulder and into the goal for a 3-0 Blue Dragon lead.

After Boswell cleared the near goal, the Panthers made things interesting with a pair of goals five minutes apart.

First, Neosho County’s Haylie Kinzey scored unassisted in the 64th minute and Katlin Moran’s goal in the 69th minute pulled the Panthers within 3-2.

After pulling within one goal, the Panthers never got another good scoring chance again in the contest.

It’s the first time that Neosho County has scored against Hutchinson since 2006 (eight games) and it’s the first time that Hutchinson has allowed more than one goal in a game since Dodge City on Sept. 10 (12 games).

The Blue Dragons out-shot Neosho County 18-7 overall and 14-3 in shots on goal. Williams had 11 saves for the Panthers. HCC’s only save came on Boswell’s save in the second half.

GAME NOTES – Of the four Jayhawk Conference championships the Blue Dragons have won, three have come with the Dragons running through the conference season undefeated). … HCC has won 10 consecutive games against Neosho County and are 10-2 overall against the Panthers. … Goalkeeper Jennifer Currie tied Eunice Figureroa for fourth place on HCC’s goalkeeper wins list with her 12th of the season. … With their 13th win over the season, the 2014 Blue Dragons tied for the seventh-most wins in program history.

(HCC Sports Information)


DARBY LEADS BLUE DRAGONS TO JAYHAWK WEST SWEEP OF CLOUD COUNTY

Volleyball | 10.28.14

The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team needed to get a bad taste of a weekend with three losses to nationally ranked teams out of its mouth and did so on Tuesday with a Jayhawk West sweep of Cloud County at the Sports Arena.

Sophomore Lauren Darby had one of her best matches of the season to lead the Jayhawk West champion Blue Dragons to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-18 victory over the Thunderbirds on a night where HCC received his 2014 Jayhawk West championship plaque.

The Blue Dragons remain perfect in Jayhawk West competition, going 15-0 in league play and 23-12 overall. HCC will close out the regular season on Thursday when Barton comes to the Sports Arena for Sophomore Night. Match time is at 6:30 p.m.

Darby posted 16 kills and had no attack errors to lead a dominate Blue Dragon offense that out-hit Cloud county 46-26. Darby had at least five kills in each set, including a match-high six in the third.

Sophomore Nicole Kinser had her 25th match in double-figure kills with 10 kills. Freshman Petra Silic had eight kills and freshman Aubrey Wilson had five kills.

The Blue Dragons had just six team blocks, getting a team-high three blocks from freshman Lexi Turner, including a solo stuff). Kinser had three blocks, while Wilson and Silic had two blocks each.

Wilson had 18 set assists along with two service aces. Freshman Tarynn Stueder had 17 assists. Freshman libero McKenzie Steele had 18 digs.

Laura Sudbeck had 13 kills to lead Cloud County (18-7, 10-5 Jayhawk West). Cloud County is battling for the second seed in the Region VI Tournament.

After building a 7-3 lead to open the match and prompt a Cloud County timeout, the Blue Dragons found themselves down 8-7 after a 5-0 Thunderbird run. Down 9-8, Darby started to find the range with three quick kills and a service ace to lead 13-11. A Cloud block cut the HCC lead to 15-14. Wilson stopped that T-Bird run to start a 3-0 run for an 18-14 HCC lead. Leading 19-17, HCC closed on a 7-1 with Darby posting a kill and two block assists in the final run.

A 7-1 run midway through the second set gave the Blue Dragons 15-9 lead. Cloud County countered with a 6-1 run to pull with 16-15 after three consecutive HCC unforced errors. The Dragons quickly reclaimed control as Wilson slammed down a kill and had two aces in a 5-0 run to build a 21-15 lead. Darby had kills on HCC’s final three points of the set.

Leading the third set 10-9, the Blue Dragons went on a 7-1 run. Darby had two kills, while Kinser had two kills and a block during the run, which ended on a Skye Calvert kill after an over-dig. Leading 18-14, Silic had two huge kills to building the lead to six. Once again, HCC closed the set with a flourish as Darby had three kills and Kinser ended it with a kill.

MATCH NOTES – HCC reached 23 wins for the 19th time in 40 seasons. … Nicole Kinser jumped up to No. 6 on the HCC career kills list with 650. She remains No. 7 in career blocks with 220. … Kinser moved up to No. 8 on the single-season kills list with 421. … Petra Silic is fifth on the HCC freshman blocks list and moved up to No. 9 on the single-season blocks list with 164. … Darby’s 16 kills were the second most in her career. Darby’s career high was 17 against Colby in August.

(HCC Sports Information)


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		Petra Silic had 11 blocks in an 18-team block performance as HCC defeated Jefferson in three sets in the second match on Friday at the Viking Halloween Classic in Hillsboro, Mo. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 10.24.14

SEASON-HIGH 18 BLOCKS POWERS HCC VOLLEYBALL PAST JEFFERSON AGAIN

		The No. 4 Blue Dragon football team travels to No. 2 Iowa Western on Saturday in a huge showdown with national implications. If you can't make it to the game, watch it on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 12:30 p.m. (Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information)

Football | 10.23.14

NO. 4 HUTCH TRAVELS TO NO. 2 IOWA WESTERN ON SATURDAY

			Defensive specialist Rachel Griffitt celebrates her third-set kill in HCC's 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Pratt on Wedneday night at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 10.22.14

BLUE DRAGONS SWEEP PRATT IN RETURN TO SPORTS ARENA

		Aubrey Wilson is this week's NJCAA National Division I Volleyball Player of the Week. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

Volleyball | 10.22.14

AUBREY WILSON NAMED NJCAA NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK