HutchCC Sports Information
Freshman Leonie Wienkaemper hit .333 and led a balanced attack as the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team swept Cloud County on Wednesday at the Sports Arena.
Hutchinson defeated Cloud County 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 to earn a season sweep of the Thunderbirds. The Blue Dragons improve to 17-9 overall and 8-2 in the Jayhawk West. Cloud County falls to 4-17 and 1-9.
Wienkaemper had a match-high nine kills on 27 attacks to lead the Blue Dragons on Wednesday.
Sophomore Nina Pevic had eight kills on 22 swings and hit .227.
The Blue Dragons out-hit Cloud County 34-25 and out-blocked the Thunderbirds 4-2. Cloud County finished with 23 attack errors to Hutch's 14.
Hiebert had a team-high 15 digs. Raychel Reed added 13.
Irem Bat had six kills to lead Cloud County.
The Blue Dragons had an early 8-6 lead when a Hiebert kill started a 12-2 Blue Dragon run. Cloud County committed eight attack errors as Hutch steadily pulled away. A Jorn ace serve gave the Dragons a 17-8 lead. The lead grew to 10 at 19-9 on a T-Bird attack error. Ndekwe and Cassidy Crites had late kills and Gawith added a service ace late in the set as Hutchinson closed out a 25-15 win.
Wienkaemper got off to a hot start in the second with three kills in an initial 8-3 run to start the set for the Blue Dragons. Pevic also had three early kills, the third gave the Dragons a 10-5 lead. Claira Creach's ace upped the margin to seven at 14-7 and grew to 17-9 on a Patricia Joseph termination. Cloud County then went on a 6-1 run to pull within 18-15 after the Dragons were called for a ball-handling error. Hutch answered with a 5-0 run capped by a Crites/Ndekwe double block for a 23-15 lead. An Ndekwe kill and Cloud's 18th attack error closed out the set 25-16.
The Blue Dragons led the third set 13-9 when the Thunderbirds reeled off six straight to take their only lead of the match at 15-13. The Dragons switched offensive formations to a 5-1 and scored five unanswered with kills from Joseph and Wienkaemper on overpasses, a Hiebert ace and another Wienkaemper kill. With Hutch leading 19-18, a Wienkaemper kill started a match-clinching run. The Dragons kept Cloud in the set with nine attack errors and three service errors.
Hutchison is off until Monday when the Blue Dragons travel to Butler for a 6:30 p.m. match.