Hutchinson CC Sports Information
After No. 2 Navarro looked every bit the part, the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team looked poised to snap its losing streak on Friday at the Blue Dragon Volleyball Classic at the Sports Arena.
But Jefferson College moved to 2-0 in the Classic, holding off the Blue Dragons in a pair of deuce sets in the third and fourth to defeat Hutchinson 3-1.
Second-ranked Navarro rolled by the Blue Dragons 25-9, 26-24, 25-12 in the opening match on Friday. The Blue Dragons hit a negative percentage for the second-straight match hitting minus-.021 against the Bulldogs. Hutch then fell to Jefferson College 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 26-24 to end the first day of play.
Hutchinson (4-8) has not dropped four matches in a row. The Blue Dragons will play No. 14 Mineral Area at 11 a.m. on Saturday and close the home classic out with No. 10 Indian Hills at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Coming off back-to-back losses where they hit a negative percentage, the Blue Dragon offense finally came back to life against Jefferson.
After splitting the first two sets, the Blue Dragons fell behind by five points in the third set and six points in the fourth. Hutch rallied to make things interesting in both sets.
Trailing 19-14 in the third, Lainey Robertson's service ace capped a 4-0 run to pull within 19-18. Back-to-back attack errors helped the Vikings build a 23-20 lead, but a Myracle Lettries/Eden Hiebert double block and an Espejo kill pulled the Dragons within 23-22. The Vikings were able to side out for a 25-23 win and a 2-1 match lead.
Hutch was down 18-12 in the fourth. An Espejo kill started a 6-1 run and after back-to-back Elstun kills, the Dragons pulled within 19-18. Jefferson scored 4 of the next 5 points to lead 23-19. The Dragons answered with four in a row to tie the set at 23. Then tied at 24, the Vikings scored the final two points of the match.
Elstun broke out of a hitting slump with 17 kills on .286 hitting. She added nine digs and three total blocks. Espejo hit .200 on 30 attacks and pointed her first double-double of the season with a season-high 17 digs. Hiebert hit .461 with six kills and a block.
Jefferson had three players in double figures led by Magdalena Bostal's 15 kills. Vanessa Moreira had 11 and Rachel Fritch had 10 kills.
Navarro had 11 team blocks to stymie the Blue Dragon offense and then out-hit the Blue Dragons 40-18 in the three-set win over Hutchinson.
Navarro dominated the first and third sets, but Hutch had a chance in the second set. The Dragons had eight kills, three blocks and an ace, but were benefitted by 12 Navarro attack errors.
Thorne led the Blue Dragons with six kills. Her .235 hitting was the only primary Blue Dragon hitter to have a positive attack percentage. Lettries had four kills, while Hiebert and Elstun had three kills each.
Deja Arnold had 12 kills and Jordan Russell had 10 kills to lead Navarro.