Hutchinson CC Sports Information
The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team won its 21st consecutive home opener on Friday night.
The Blue Dragons hit a season-high .270 to sweep the Dodge City Conquistadors 25-18, 25-9, 25-15 in not only the home opener, but the Jayhawk West opener for Hutchinson.
The Dragons improve to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the Jayhawk West. Hutchinson plays host to Garden City at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Sports Arena. Dodge City falls to 0-7, 0-2 in the Jayhawk West.
The last time the Blue Dragons lost a home opener was 1998. Head Coach Patrick Hall is now 8-0 in home openers on the Hutchinson bench.
Hutch led Dodge City just 15-14 in the first set and dominated the match from that post. Hutch went on a 6-0 run to take a seven-point lead and ultimately a 10-4 run to close the set. After reaching 15-14 in the first set, Hutchinson outscored Dodge City 60-28.
The Blue Dragons out-hit Dodge City .270 to a negative .067. The Dragons had just seven more kills (30-23), but the Conquistadors had a 29-10 advantage in attack errors. The Dragons also had nine service aces to Dodge's two.
Freshman outside hitter Camila Espejo hit .474 with nine kills on 19 attacks and six digs to lead the Blue Dragons offensively. Espejo has six kills in the first set, including two kills in that decisive 10-4 run to close the opening set.
Freshman libero Alissa Bautista finished with 14 digs and three aces.
Dodge City, which had 12 kills and 29 attack errors, had eight kills from Ruby Osawavey. No other Conquistador had more than four kills.