DRAGONS HIT SEASON-HIGH .407 IN SWEEP OF BUSTERS

Sophomore Eboni Sapien goes low to dig up a tip in Hutchinson Volleyball's 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Garden City on Monday night at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Sophomore Eboni Sapien goes low to dig up a tip in Hutchinson Volleyball's 3-0 Jayhawk West victory over Garden City on Monday night at the Sports Arena. (Andrew Carpenter/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team evened its overall record at .500 and moved to 2-0 in Jayhawk West play on Monday night with a 3-0 victory over the Garden City Broncbusters at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson hit a season-high .407 and held the Broncbusters to .174 hitting in a 25-10, 25-18, 30-28 victory.

The Dragons are now 3-3 overall. Garden City falls to 0-10, 0-1 in the KJCCC. The Blue Dragons are off until Saturday when nationally ranked Seward County comes to the Sports Arena for a 2 p.m. match.

Freshman outside hitter Camila Espejo led the way with 12 kills and no errors on 21 attacks, posting a season-high .571 attack percentage. Espejo also had six digs in the match.

Right behind Espejo was freshman middle Jenna Thorne, who hit .529 on 10 kills and one error on 17 swings.

For the match the Blue Dragons had 44 kills and nine attack errors on 86 total swings. The Dragons had just two team blocks and six services aces, but 12 service errors. The Dragons also led Garden City 37-26 in digs.

Garden City had 29 kills and 14 errors on 86 swings for a .174 attack percentage. The Busters had no team blocks and four aces to 13 serving errors.

Freshman outside hitter Katelyn Elstun also had season-high .667 attack percentage with eight kills on 12 attacks for Hutchinson. Sophomore outside Eden Hiebert had five kills.

Freshman setter Lainey Robertson finished with 21 assists and two digs. Sophomore setter Eboni Sapien had 19 assists, an ace serve and three digs. Sophomore libero Lauren Willson had match- and career-high 13 digs with a kill and two aces. Elstun, Alissa Bautista and Espejo all had six digs each.

Adisyn Swan had a team-high 10 kills on 30 attacks to lead Garden City. Katarina Vojvodic had five kills.

1st Set: The Blue Dragons dominated the opening set with a single-set season-high .696 attack percentage (16 kills, 23 attacks and 0 errors) and were perfect siding out Garden City on 11 side-out attempts. Hutch immediately jumped out to a 6-1 lead on an Espejo kill, Thorne/Jaydin Schake double block and Elstun kill. The lead ballooned to 13-4 on a Sapien ace. Hutch's lead reached double figures on kills from Myracle Lettries and Elstun for a 17-6 lead. An Espejo kill made it 23-9 and kills from Thorne and Espejo closed out the set. Garden City was limited to .043 hitting on six kills and five errors in the first set.

2nd Set: Thorne and Espejo led the way with four kills each in the second set, but the Blue Dragons didn't run way from Garden City like in the first set. Garden led 6-4 on a Swan kill, but the Dragons reeled off four in a row to take an 8-6 lead on a Thorne kill. The Dragons never relinquished the team. An Elstun kill gave Hutch a 14-10 lead. Then the cushion grew to 19-12 on a Thorne/Lettries double block. A Schake kill gave the Dragons a 24-18 lead. The teams traded attack errors to close out the set. Hutch out-hit Garden City .321-.138 in the second set.

3rd Set: The final set was an uphill battle for Hutchinson with five attack errors and five service errors. Hutch hit a match-low .286 and Garden City hit a match-high .294. The Dragons trailed 9-6, 12-9 and 15-11 on a Vojvodic ace. The Dragons used a 5-1 run to take an 18-17 lead, but Garden City scored three straight for a 21-19 lead. The Dragons reclaimed the lead at 23-21 on an Elstun kill, a libero kill from Wilson and back-to-back service aces from Elstun to lead 23-21. A Swan kill and Hutch attack error tied the set at 23. Another Garden service error gave Hutch match point. The Dragons failed to convert on their first four match-point opportunities. With the score tied at 28, Garden committed its 13th service error of the match to give the Dragons a 29-28 lead. Elstun ended the match with her third ace of the set.