The Bethel College volleyball team has moved into the top eight of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference after a five-set win over York College Tuesday at Thresher Gym.
Bethel won the match 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 14-25, 15-13.
The Threshers trailed most of the first set, but rallied to tie 17-17. Tied 20-20, Bethel gave up a pair of points and the Panthers were able to hold on.
Tied 13-13 in the second set, York went on a 4-0 run. Bethel countered with a 12-3 run to tie the match.
Bethel went out to a lead early in the third set and held on to win.
In the fourth set, York jumped out 12-4 and never let the Threshers back in it.
Bethel led 10-7 in the deciding set. York fought back to tie 11-11, but Bethel scored the next two points and held off York for the win.
Nicole Klusener led Bethel with 14 kills. Kaylee VanderVeen set 21 assists, followed by Avery Myatt with 15. Klusener served three aces. Rachel Bustillos had 21 digs, followed by Klusener with 12 and Taylor Buessing with 10. Jordyn Allen downed four blocks.
For York, Shiloh Lively had 12 kills, followed by Molly Little with 11. Kayli Riesgo set 38 assists and served three aces. Deborah Kurtzer had 19 digs, followed by Riego with 13. Rose Tafoialii and Lively each downed three blocks.
Bethel improves to 6-15, 3-4 in KCAC play. York drops to 6-22, 1-7 in KCAC play. With five matches remaining in conference play, Bethel is tied for seventh in the standings. The top eight advance to the post-season tournament.
Bethel plays at 7 p.m. Friday at 7-19 Avila. The first-year KCAC team is 0-6 in conference play.
York (6-22, 1-7 KCAC) — (kills-aces-blocks) Cassidy Wilson 3-0-0; Katie Bell 1-1-0; Molly Little 11-0-0; Haley Scoffield 7-1-1; Rose Tafaoialii 6-2-3; Deborah Kurtzer 1-0-0; Natalie Carrasco 0-1-1; Taylor O'Brien 0-0-0; Tori Schindler 6-0-1; Sadie Carr 0-0-0; Shiloh Lively 12-0-3; Kayli Riesgo 5-3-0; Emma Peters 0-0-0. Totals 52-8-6.0.
Bethel (6-15, 3-4 KCAC) — (kills-aces-blocks) Taylor Buessing 0-1-0; Avery Myatt 1-0-1; Rachel Bustillos 0-2-0; Kaylee VanderVeen 0-2-0; Kendra Gooden 7-1-2; Jordyn Allen 8-0-4; Sage Westerfield 0-0-0; Ivy Bringer 6-0-1; Sabrina Lowe 1-0-0; Jensen Roth 0-1-0; Nicole Klusener 14-3-1; Mia Loganbill 7-0-1; Ally Pearce 0-0-0. Totals 44-10-8.0.
HAYSVILLE — The Newton High School volleyball team ended the regular season as Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I champs after a triangular split in Haysville.
Newton topped Campus 25-23, 24-26, 25-13 to claim the league title outright at 10-2.
Campus had a ton of energy because it was their senior night and they were playing with 10 seniors,” Newton coach Jamie Dibbens said. “They gave us a hard fight and I thought even though we struggle getting going, we finished the match well.”
In a non-league match, Newton fell to seventh-ranked (KVA, Class 5A) Andover 25-19, 25-21.
“We played a lot better versus Andover,” Dibbens said. “They are AV-CTL Division II champs. We were hustling more and playing with more intensity. They are a really good team and ranked second in our region, but I thought we battled well and I'm happy with that going to to post season.”
Newton sweeps the regular-season series against Campus 2-0 and splits against Andover 1-1.
Newton ends the regular season 29-8 and hosts 14-17 Maize at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Class 5A sub-state semifinals. The winner faces the McPherson (27-10)-Great Bend (13-13) winner for a state tournament berth.
HESSTON — The Hesston High School volleyball team downed Lyons Tuesday in a dual meet in Hesston.
The Swathers won in four sets, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24. Matches against the Wichita Home School Defenders were canceled.
““We were up 17-12 in the first set and then 19-16 when we had to adjust for an injury,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We couldn’t regroup and Lyons’ next server served out the set. In the second set, we had to completely change our lineup, but the girls made it work and we were able to pull ahead late in the set after it had been close throughout. We had a lead in most of the third set until Lyons tied it up at 20, but we were able to refocus and finish. The fourth set was rough at the start, and we were down 17-22 before scoring the next seven points in a row to have two match point opportunities. Lyons tied it up at 24 and we went back and forth before winning the match.
“While we still struggle to maintain energy during matches and didn’t play our best on defense tonight, the girls showed the ability to stay calm in a tight match and were able to adjust to
unexpected situations, as they have all season long. We have had a tough stretch the past two weeks, playing half of our matches for the season in that time. It will be good to have a few days to work on some things at practice now and get ready for a tough sub-state at Lyons on Saturday.”
Hesston is 27-7 and plays at 2 p.m. in the Class 3A sub-state in Lyons.
Junior varsity — Hesston def. Lyons 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16
at Berean Academy
Hesston def. Berean Academy 25-11, 25-23
Hesston def. Inman 24-26, 25-22, 15-6
Hesston def. Goessel 25-20, 25-23
Hesston def. Marion 25-13, 25-15
MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge Wildcats move on to the Class 1A sub-state tournament after winning the regionals Tuesday in Moundridge.
The Wildcats received a first-round bye. In the semifinals, Moundridge topped Norwich 25-9, 25-9. In the finals, Moundridge downed the Classical School of Wichita 25-16, 25-8.
The Wildcats improve to 24-9 and will play Saturday at Rosalia. The sub-state pairings have not been posted.
Class 1A Regionals
Tuesday at Moundridge
Norwich def. Berean Academy 25-22, 25-22
Wichita Classical def. Elyria Christian 25-16, 25-17
Burrton def. Peabody-Burns 25-18, 19-25, 25-19
Moundridge def. Norwich 25-9, 25-9
Wichita Classical def. Burrton 22-25, 31-29, 25-20
(Both teams advance to sub-state)
Moundridge def. Wichita Classical 25-16, 25-8