BLUE DRAGONS KNOCK PRATT OFF IN FOUR SETS

Katelyn Elstun had 19 kills on .309 hitting to lead the Blue Dragon Volleyball team to a 3-1 Jayhawk West victory over Pratt on Monday night at the Sports Arena. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports information).
Katelyn Elstun had 19 kills on .309 hitting to lead the Blue Dragon Volleyball team to a 3-1 Jayhawk West victory over Pratt on Monday night at the Sports Arena. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports information).

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team hit .389 as a team and defeated the Pratt Beavers 3-1 in a Jayhawk West match on Monday night at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons dominated sets 1, 2 and 4 in a 25-16, 25-8, 23-25, 25-10 victory to complete the season sweep of Pratt.

Hutchinson improves to 10-11 overall and 6-5 in the Jayhawk West. Pratt falls to 6-19 overall and 2-9 in conference play. Head coach Patrick Hall collects his 197th victory on the Blue Dragon bench.

The Blue Dragons racked up 57 total kills with 13 attack errors on 113 total swings against the Beavers on Monday night. Pratt was limited to .048 hitting with 21 kills.

Freshman Katelyn Elstun hit .309 with a match-high 19 kills on 42 swings. Freshman Camila Espejo hit .483 on 16 kills.

Freshman Jenna Thorne hit a season-high .667 with six kills on nine swings and no errors. Sophomore Eden Hiebert had seven kills. Freshman Myracle Lettries also had six kills.

The Blue Dragons out-blocked Pratt 9-5. Freshman Morgan Armbrust had six blocks. Thorn finished with five and Lettries had four blocks.

Sophomore setter Eboni Sapien finished with 27 set assists and three ace serves. Freshman setter Lainey Robertson had 22 assists with two aces. Freshman libero Alissa Bautista had a team-high 11 digs and three aces.

Hutchinson had a season-high 13 aces, which ties for fifth most in a four-set match. The last time the Dragons had 13 aces was November 5, 2011 against Colby in a five-set match. The Dragons had six aces in the second set alone.

Set 1: Trailing 6-5 early, a Thorne kill snapped a 3-0 Pratt run and parked a 7-2 Dragon stretch. Espejo had four kills in the run and Hutch lead 12-8. Leading 16-14, an Elstun kill and double block by Thorne and Armbrust along with a Pratt attack error helped the Dragons build a 19-13 lead. At 21-16, Espejo had a kill and ace, Elstun hammered a kill and Hiebert finished off the 4-0 set-ending run with a kill. Espejo had six and Elstun had four of Hutchinson's 17 kills in the opening set.

Set 2: Back-to-back Robertson aces capped an initial 10-3 Blue Dragon run to open the second set. Hutchinson failed to side out only twice in eight opportunities. Armbrust terminated on a Pratt overpass to make it 15-5. Hiebert converted a kill for a 20-5 lead. Espejo had a kill and ace to make it 23-6. Elstun closed the set with a kill. The Dragons had 12 kills and six ace serves in the second set, holding Pratt to just four kills. The eight points allowed in the second set was a season-low for Hutch and it's only the second time this season to hold a team to single-digits in a set. The previous low was nine against Dodge City on August. 30.

Set 3: Unlike the first two sets, the Blue Dragons weren't able to pull away as the Beavers had their best offensive set of the match with 13 kills, four ace serves and two blocks. A Thorne kill gave Hutch a 7-6 lead. Then trailing 10-8, a couple of Espejo kills and two Pratt attack errors gave Hutch a 12-10 lead with a 4-0 run. Pratt scored three run a row and the lead change hands three times over the next 10 rallies. An Espejo kill gave hutch a 15-14 lead, but the Beavers had another 3-0 run to take the lead. From that point, the Dragons ever regained the lead. Trailing 21-18, a Pratt service error, Espejo kill and Beaver attack error tied the set at 21. Pratt scored the next two points for a 23-21 lead. A Lettries/Armbrust double block made it 23-22, but a service error gave Pratt a set point. The Dragons dropped a 25-23 decision to extend the match.

Set 4: Tied at 4-all, Thorne delivered a huge kill on a quick to the middle and a service ace to spark a 5-0 run. Armbrust's kill gave hutch a 10-4 lead. Leading 14-7, the Dragons reeled off six in a row. Bautista had two aces in the run. Her second ace boosted the Hutch lead to 20-7. At 23-10, Thorne had a kill and Lettries and Armbrust ended the match with a double block in a 25-10 fourth-set victory.