Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Freshman middle blocker Jaydin Schake posted career highs for kills and attack percentage to lead the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team to a Jayhawk West sweep of Independence on Saturday at the Sports Arena.
The Blue Dragons out-hit Independence .416-.014 to sweep the Pirates 25-15, 25-16, 25-10 for their third-consecutive victory.
Saturday's victory accomplished two things for the Blue Dragons:
+ The victory gave Hutchinson head coach Patrick Hall his 200th coaching win with the Blue Dragons. Now in his eighth season, Hall is 200-104 at Hutchinson. He joins Ronda Shirley and Becky Endicott as Hutch volleyball coaches with 200 wins.
+ The Blue Dragons also clinched a home match for the opening round of the 2019 Region VI Tournament. Hutchinson improves to 13-17 overall and 9-6 in the Jayhawk West. The fourth-place Blue Dragons will play host to an opening-round match on Tuesday, November 5. Official pairings for the Region VI Tournament will be announced next week.
To get Hall's 200th win and the Blue Dragons' home match-clinching victory, Schake had her best match as a Blue Dragon. The freshman from Amherst, Nebraska, had career highs of 15 kills and a .750 attack percentage. Schake did so on 20 total attacks with no errors.
Schake's .750 attack percentage tied for the 10th-highest in Hutchinson single-match history, tying Callie Bruey (2004) and Ludmila Amaral (2006).
Schake was one of four Blue Dragons to hit .333 or better on Saturday. The Blue Dragons posted their second-highest team hitting percentage of the season at .416.
Freshman Katelyn Elstun hit .444 on eight kills. Freshman Camila Espejo, freshman Jenna Thorne and sophomore Eden Hiebert all had five kills each. Espejo and Hiebert both hit .333 and Thorne hit .286.
The Dragons out-blocked Independence 7-1. Schake had four total blocks, including one solo block. Myracle Lettries and Thorne had three blocks each. The Dragons also had six ace serves. Hiebert had three aces.
Set 1: Schake got off to a fast start with four early kills, two on slide plays, to give Hutch an early 10-4 lead. Back-to-back double blocks – first Thorne and Lettries, then Lettries and Hiebert – upped the Dragon lead to 14-5. The Dragon lead grew to 11 at 20-9 with two Schake kills and an Espejo kill. Lettries' kill made it 23-12 and Thorne ended the set with a cross-court kill to give Hutch a 25-15 win. Hutch had 14 kills in the set and held the Pirates to eight. Schake had six kills in the set.
Set 2: A 4-0 run gave the Pirates a 5-4 lead to open the second set. An Elstun kill started a 5-0 Hutch run for a 9-5 lead. Leading 14-10, the Blue Dragons pulled away in the second set with six unanswered points, getting a Hiebert ace and Elstun kill to build a 20-10 lead. Schake had three of her six second-set kills in a final push to close out the set with a 25-16 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set 3: Schake had three early block assists, two with Thorne and one with Elstun, to build an early 5-1 run. A Hiebert kill capped a 5-1 run to give Hutch an 11-4 lead. Leading 13-8, A Schake kill started a match-clinching 12-2 run for a 25-10 Hutch win. The Dragons had 12 kills and only two errors with four blocks to Indy's five kills and 10 attack errors.
The Blue Dragons will close out the 2019 regular season at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Barton in Great Bend.