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Hesston Record 11.27



Hesston Record 11.27

Nebel Signs As Lark Spiker

Posted 11/25/2014

For The Record

Hesston spiker Jessana Nebel has signed to play volleyball with Hesston College this fall.

Nebel has been a fixture for the Lady Swathers for the last four years. Nebel said while she had investigated other colleges, she always has aspired to be a Lark.

“I grew up with my family going to Hesston College. When I got with Jessica as a coach, I knew it was going to be a good fit,” she said.

Nebel has been working with Lark coach Jessica Cleveland for several months.

“I would work out with them sometimes in the summer,” she said.

Nebel, a strong basketball player, said it was easy choosing volleyball for personal and practical reasons as her collegiate sport.

“It’s my favorite sport; it’s what I’m best at. And it has a shorter season than basketball,” she said.

Swather coach Jason Peters said Nebel had been a strong member of the team and displayed skills in nearly all positions. Peters added her senior year has been a stand-out season for Nebel.

“Jessanna has excelled as a right-side hitter and has been helped lead the team to successful season in her three years as a varsity starter. She stepped into the setting role this past season, and finished with 576 assists as one of two setters on the team, to go along with 138 kills and 181 digs. Jessanna set a school record for most total blocks in a match, with seven against Hoisington on Oct 7. She also had an outstanding match against Halstead on Oct. 21, recording six kills on seven attempts with no errors. Her setting and hitting helped the team achieve school records for total kills in a season, kills per set, hitting efficiency, kill percentage and total assists,” he said.

Her versatility and work ethic were what caught the attention of Cleveland.

“She played club volleyball with me for two years. We had her sister, Molly, and I think it will be an easy transition for her. She is an incredibly versatile player. We can put her in any position we need. And, she is a great impact hitter. We can use her defensively as a specialist and a setter,” she said.

Peters said the Swathers would be losing a talented and record-holding player in the fall.

“For her Swather Volleyball career, Jessanna finishes with a top 10 career mark in almost every statistical category. She currently holds the no. 4 career mark for assists, and is no. 6 in career kills, no. 7 in blocks, and no. 8 in digs, serve receive and aces.

“She received all-league honorable mention honors this past season, helping lead the team to a school-record 36 wins, as well as winning a share of the regular-season league championship for the first time in 10 years. The 2014 team qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2003,” Peters said.

Peters said as a coach he always was pleased to see a player advance her career, and he has high hopes for Nebel as she transitions to the Larks in the fall.

“Jessanna has been a great leader and has stepped up to take on whatever role we asked her to fill throughout her career at HHS. She was a team captain this past season and has been one of the key reasons for the team's success and record of 93-26 over the past three years. We are glad she will have the opportunity to continue her volleyball career at Hesston College next year. She is moving on to a great program and we look forward to watching her continue to excel and compete at the next level.”

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Hooping It Up In The Big Apple And Windy City

Posted 11/25/2014

By Blake Spurney

Craig Duerksen knows all too well about the physical and mental demands playing college basketball requires, especially under the glare of the Big Apple. A lesson he's imparted upon his children is the dedication one must put into a sport if he or she is going to succeed. His oldest, Lauren, plays volleyball at Friends University, and his second oldest, Scott, is a junior for the Swathers. He and wife Megan have three other children. "If you choose not to work, someone else is working," he said. "Everyone's your competition." Craig said Scott had a "built-in drive. I push him some. He'd probably say I push him more." Craig had that drive when he helped lead the Hillsboro Trojans to a Class 3A state title in 1991 and a runner-up finish the next season. “Craig was a great player. He worked extremely hard to develop his game,” said Darrell Knoll, who is entering his 27th season as head coach at Hillsboro. “He wasn’t a guy who showed up expecting that his talent was good enough. He was always working hard to develop himself, not just athletically but as a basketball player.” Craig also brought that intensity to summer league competition, so much so that he attracted attention from various Division I programs. Knoll remembers running crisp practices when D-I coaches came to evaluate Craig and Eric Jones, who played at Saint Louis University. “Those were some sharp practices with the coaches watching,” Knoll said. “Intense practices (with players) trying to impress the coaches; fun days.” Craig and AAU teammate Adrian Griffin, a Wichita East graduate, both signed to play for P.J. Carlesimo at Seton Hall. “It’s definitely a different level from high school, not just physical, but the mental level is so intense,” he said. Every time he played felt like a test of manhood. 

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