The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team used aggressive serving and balanced offensive attack to earn huge Jayhawk West victory over the Barton Cougars on Wednesday Night at the Sports Arena.
On the strength of six service aces and several more served that took the Cougars out of system plenty in the first two sets, the Blue Dragons swept Barton 25-14, 25-12, 25-21, Hutch’s fifth-straight victory.
The Blue Dragons reach the 20-win plateau for the fifth-straight season and 29th time in 43 seasons of volleyball. Hutchinson is now 20-11 overall, but more importantly 11-2 in the Jayhawk West. The Blue Dragons are tied with Colby for second place, one-half game behind Seward County with three matches remaining.
The Blue Dragons and Barton split the season series. Barton swept Hutchinson on Sept. 17 in Great Bend.
Hutchinson travels to Butler for at 6:30 p.m. match on Friday at Circle High School in Towanda. The match was originally set for Saturday in El Dorado, but flooding issues at the Power Plant forced the match to be moved to Towanda.
Freshman setter Nicole Rutherford tied a season high with three service aces to go with a team-high 21 assists and a key dump for a kill during an initial 9-2 run in the second set.
Freshman Katie Jorn, sophomore Mine Cetinoz and freshman Kelsey Mulligan all had aces.
Freshman Page Hiebert didn’t connect on her first five attacks, but wound up with a team-high nine kills on 25 swings and a .320 hitting percentage. Hiebert also had three block assists.
Freshman Nadine Cruz had eight kills, but hit .240. Freshman Shania Werner was a spark off the bench with seven kills on .389 hitting with now errors on 18 attacks. Freshman Nina Pevic had six kills.
Blue Dragon outside and right-side hitters had just one attack error in the first two sets.
The Blue Dragons had six total blocks led by sophomore Hinalei Fihaki with six block assists.
Cetinoz and Mulligan had 17 digs each.
Monique Oliveria had seven kills to lead the Cougars (22-8, 9-5). Olivia Naccarato had four kills and four blocks.
First set – After Barton jumped out to 3-1 lead to open the match, Hutchinson took control with an 11-1 run. Rutherford had two aces and Fihaki and Hiebert teamed up for a pair of double blocks, the second gave the Blue Dragon an 11-4 lead. A third Fihaki/Hiebert combo block added with Rutherford’s third ace of the set pushed the Blue Dragon lead to 20-10. The Dragons out hit Barton 10-7 and had four total service aces as Hutch took the first set 25-14.
Second set – Hiebert started to find the range in the second set. Her two early kills with a Cetinoz ace and Rutherford’s dump for a kill fueled a 9-2 Dragon run to open the set. The Cougars climbed back within 12-9, but the Dragons answered with a run of five unanswered points with two kills from Cruz and another by Hiebert to lead 17-9. Hiebert had six kills in the second set, the final coming on a back-row attack that glanced off the Cougar defender and into the stands on set point for a 25-12 lead. Hutch had 15 kills in the set to Barton’s seven.
Third set – Over the first 22 rallies of the third set, there were nine ties and three lead changes. Tied at 11-all, the Blue Dragons scored six unanswered points to take a 17-11 lead after a Fihaki/Werner double block. The Cougars hung around and fought off three Blue Dragon match points before Hiebert recorded a kill on match point for a 25-21 victory. Hutch out-hit Barton 13-9 in the final cut, but the Cougars had five total blocks.
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The 2016 Jayhawk West champion Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team blitzed both the Pratt Beavers and the Blue Dragon record book on Tuesday as 11 team or individual records were broken and another was tied in a 23-0 Jayhawk West win at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
The No. 12-ranked Blue Dragons – The NJCAA Division I women’s soccer rankings were released during the game and Hutch moved up one spot – won its ninth consecutive contest to improve to 16-1 overall, 7-0 in the Jayhawk West and 11-0 in the Region VI West.
The Blue Dragons had a season-high nine different goal scorers in the game and a season-high 10 players hand out assists.
Sophomore Jordan Downing had a huge day with six goals, three assists and 15 total points. With her final goal of the game, Downing broke the Blue Dragons’ season-season record for goals scored (39) and points (101), becoming the first HCC women’s soccer player to amass 100 points in a season. Downing also reclaimed the NJCAA national goal scoring lead. Now with 23 assists, Downing tied Sheehy for second on HCC’s single-season assist list.
Downing’s six goals tied Melissa Hetherington for the second most in a game and her 15 points scored were second most scored by an individual. Downing’s 16 shots taken were a single-game individual high for Hutch soccer.
Hartshorn tied a Blue Dragon single-game record for assists with five helpers. Hartshorn tied Ciara Corboy (2008), Finola Corley (2010) and Pearl Slattery (2012) for the record. Hartshorn also tied a career high with four goals and her 13 total points tied Hetherington for third most points scored in a single game. Hartshorn had the team’s 19 goal of the game, which broke the 2009 record of 18 goals set against Independence.
The Blue Dragons smashed six team single-game records on Tuesday – goals scored (23), assists (23), points (69), goals in a half (15 in the second half), assists in a half (14 in the second half) and margin of victory (23). The 2016 Blue Dragons also broke a team season record for assists with 119.
Several other Blue Dragons had big days on Tuesday.
Freshman Sheena Nicol had her second-straight four-goal game and added two assists for 10 points. This was her third four-goal game of the season. The trio of Downing (39 goals), Nicol (25 goals) and Hartshorn (20 goals) become the first teammates to all score 20 goals in the same season.
Sophomore Jordan Smith had a career-high four assists on Tuesday, which tied for the fourth-most in a single game.
Sophomore Dayna Johnson scored two goals for the second-straight game. Her second goal tied the single-game goal-scoring record.
Freshman Mikayla Moresco posted her first two-goal game as did sophomore Georgia Warren, who had a career-high five points.
Sophomore Natalie Bianco and freshman Kaitlyn Moore both scored their first career goals. Bianco added two assists for a career-best four-point game.
Sophomore Madison Pollack had a goal and an assist. Freshman Louise Doherty tallied a season-high three assists. Chloe Flynn and Victoria Padilla each had an assist.
The Blue Dragons out-shot Pratt 66-1.
Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Main (5-0) played the first half and was credited with the win. Sophomore Caroline Howard played the second half. Neither keeper was forced to make a save as Hutchinson posted its third-straight shutout and 10th shutout of the season.
The Blue Dragons will close out the regular season on Friday in a 6 p.m. game at Garden City
GAME NOTES – The 66 shots taken were the third most in team history and the 37 shots on goal tied for the second most. … This was the sixth time this season and 30th time in team history to hold an opponent with no shots on goal. … Now with 127 goals for the season, the 2016 Blue Dragons rank third in team history. … The 2016 Blue Dragons are now up to No. 2 in points scored with 373. … Career stats watch: Jordan Downing – second on the career points list with 141, tied for second with 54 goals and third in assists with 33; Jazmin Hartshorn – 21 assists (tied for ninth), 24 goals and 69 points (both tied for 11th); Sheena Nicol – 25 goals (tied for 10th), 62 points (tied for 15th). … Single-season records watch: Hartshorn – 59 points (8th place), 20 goals (tied 10th), 19 assists (4th place); Nicol – 62 points (6th place), 25 goals (tied for 7th place). … Nicol is now fourth in points, fifth in goals scored and tied for seventh in assists on the freshman season list.
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Things have gotten very interesting in Jayhawk West volleyball and the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team is right in the thick of the action.
The Blue Dragons begin a crucial final four-match regular-season run on Wednesday when Hutchinson plays host to Barton at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sports Arena.
Entering play on Wednesday, the Blue Dragons trail first-place teams Colby and Seward County by one-half game. The Trojans and Saints are 11-2 in league play and Hutchinson is 10-2.
BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL
HUTCHINSON (19-11, 10-2) vs. BARTON (22-7, 9-4)
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Live video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
Hutchinson will play Barton, at Butler on Friday at Cloud County on Monday and closes out at home next Wednesday with Colby.
Barton was the team that administered Hutchinson’s first Jayhawk West loss in a sweep on Sept. 17 at Great Bend. The Blue Dragons hit a cool .115 and were blocked seven times in a 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 loss to the Cougars.
The Blue Dragons have one three matches in a row entering play on Wednesday and are 8-2 in their last 10 matches. The Cougars are 7-3 in their last 10 matches.
With ongoing Sports Arena construction, the only access and parking to the Sports Arena for Wednesday’s match will be on the west side of the building.
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The Hutchinson Community College men’s cross country team finished ahead of three nationally ranked teams on Monday in a fourth-place showing at the Ollie Isom Invitational.
With four runners in the Top 35, the Blue Dragons scored 111 points and averaged a time of 29 minutes, 52.70 seconds. Hutchinson finished ahead of No. 12-ranked Highland (seventh place), No. 12 Cowley (fifth place), No. 21 Iowa Western (sixth place) and was just one point behind No. 15 Cloud County in the team standings. Butler won the team title with 39 points. Gillette College was second at 55 points.
The meet was contested on the site of the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship at Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado. The men ran in temperatures hovering in the 90s and with a strong south wind about 30 mph.
Freshman Victor Pedraza led the Blue Dragons with a 12th-place showing and a time of 28:59.39.
Freshman Jeremy Stiebens and sophomore Ethan Artzer were both Top 25 finishers. Stiebens was 18th in 29:24.52 and Artzer was 22nd in 29:41.41.
Freshman Chris Gilliam was 34th in a time of 30:19.73 and freshman Brandon Kerr was 45th in 30:58.45.
Hunter Thissen also finished in the Top 50 with a 48th-place showing in 31:08.90. Hunter Nance was 54th in 31:58.73. Manny Gonzalez was 74th in 33:55.00
The Blue Dragons will next compete in the 2016 Region VI Championships to be contested on Hutch’s home course at Westar/Prairie Ridge Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29.
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EL DORADO – The Hutchinson Community College women’s cross country team placed three runners in the Top 25 under difficult racing conditions and the Blue Dragons had one of their best overall team performances of the season on Monday at the Ollie Isom Invitational.
The meet was contested on the site of the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship at Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado.
With temperatures hovering in the 90s and a strong south wind, individual times suffered, but the Blue Dragons still finished strong in sixth place, topping four Region VI programs. The Cowley women won the team title with 39 points. Gillette College was second with 62. The Blue Dragons had 142 points and ran an average time of 22 minutes, 43.24 seconds. Hutch finished only 12 points behind No. 12-ranked Butler in the team standings.
Freshman Maggie Lambert was the top Blue Dragon runner on Monday with a 15th-place showing. She ran a time of 21:27.76. Sophomore Hannah Heidebrecht placed 22nd in 21:50.25.
Freshman Lindsay Sowersby was the third Blue Dragon in the Top 25 with a time of 22:09.07.
Sophomore Leah Nelson finished in the Top 40 with a 37th-place showing in 22:47.90. Freshman Vieanny Sierra was 75th in 25:21.21.
The Blue Dragons will next compete in the 2016 Region VI Championships to be contested on Hutch’s home course at Westar/Prairie Ridge Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29.
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