By Blake Spurney
Record Staff Writer
The Hesston Lady Swathers got their first opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season Tuesday in a home triangular with Sterling and Smoky Valley.
The Lady Swathers (8-1) fell 25-20 and 25-21 to Sterling on Aug. 30 at home in the semifinals of the Central Kansas League Pre-Season Tournament. Results of Tuesday’s action were not available at press time.
“The girls are looking forward to playing Smoky and Sterling tonight,” said head coach Jason Peters. “They know that they didn't play their best when we lost to Sterling the first time, and we have been playing much better over the past week. We have worked on reducing mistakes, and have been able to overcome mistakes better by keeping a positive attitude and high energy throughout the match.”
Hesston has been riding a five-match winning streak since then. On Sept. 4, the Lady Swathers trimmed Hutchinson Trinity (25-16, 21-25 and 25-15) and downed Minneapolis (25-23 and 25-15) in a triangular at Minneapolis.
“This was a great triangular, with three very competitive teams who are all going to have successful seasons this year,” said coach Jason Peters. “I was very pleased that we were able to come away with two wins. We did a much better job of battling through our mistakes and played with a lot of energy and focus in the sets that we won. “
Peters said the Lady Swathers would need to maintain their intensity heading into league play. They finished second last season.
On Sept. 2, Hesston swept Moundridge (25-18 and 25-16) and Conway Springs (25-13 and 25-18).
“We had a balanced attach with all of our hitters contributing,” Peters said.