The Garden City Community College’s volleyball team’s deepest run in the Region VI postseason tournament since 2012 came to an end Sunday, when the Broncbusters lost to Hutchinson in straight sets, 25-13, 25-18, 25-15, in the semifinals.
“Definitely not the outcome we were hoping for,” GCCC head coach Jacque Matula said. “But Hutch played very well, and we just couldn’t figure out how to stop them.”
Hutchinson advanced to the final, in which the Dragons beat host Seward County in straight sets to win the tournament and advance to the NJCAA tournament, set for Nov. 16 through 18.
The Busters end the season at 11-22, which is their most wins since 2012, when they also reached the final four and finished 21-20.
“I’m really happy with how our season turned out,” Matula said. “We may not have had the best record, but my girls played well when they needed to, and I couldn’t be happier for them.”
The Busters began the season 3-17 and 1-6 in the KJCCC, before rallying for an 8-5 finish overall and 6-3 finish in conference regular season games. They were sixth outright in the nine-team KJCCC West.
“We were predicted to finish last, and we did great fighting for what we knew we wanted,” Matula said, referencing the preseason coaches poll that did indeed rank the Busters last in the conference.