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July 20, 2017 The Hesston RecordJuly 20, 2017 The Hesston Record

Swather Spikers Hit The Road

Posted 7/20/2017

Jason Peters

Swather Volleyball Coach

Special To The Record

 

A total of 24 HHS volleyball players attended the volleyball camp at Branson July 13-15. 

The team left on July 12, and spent the afternoon at Silver Dollar City, and then spent the mornings and afternoons the next three days in gyms around the Branson area.  There were more than 50 schools at the camp, from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Illinois, ranging in size from under 100 students to over 3,000. 

Many of the schools brought multiple teams, so there were close to 100 total teams there.

The Hesston group was split into three teams for the week.  Team III was scheduled to play almost all larger schools, with several of them JV-level teams. 

Team III finished with a 3-15 record, but improved tremendously during the short time we were there.  The team defeated Booneville, Arkansas in two sets, and also split with New Covenant Academy from Springfield, Missouri.

Team II was 14-6 overall during the tournament, winning three out of four sets against Fayetteville, AR on the first day (enrollment 2,400).  They also recorded 2-set wins over Hollister, Missouri, Lone Jack, Missouri, Twin Rivers, Missouri, and Elkins, Arkansas, as well as defeating Bolivar, Missouri, in the first round of their bracket before falling in the semifinals to Fayetteville.

Team I was placed in the top bracket out of all the teams in the tournament. 

In pool play, the team split with Fayetteville, the 2-time defending 7A Arkansas state champions, swept six matches against Westside, Booneville, and Mena teams from Arkansas, Metro Christian Academy from Tulsa, Sarcoxie, Missouri, and won both sets against Broken Arrow, the largest high school in Oklahoma with enrollment over 3,000 in grades 10-12. 

The team was 15-5 in sets overall at the tournament, with 4 of the 5 losses coming to Jonesboro, the 2-time defending 6A state champions from Arkansas.  In pool play, Jonesboro defeated Hesston 26-24, 25-16.  After advancing through the top bracket on the final day to the championship match, the Hesston team faced Jonesboro again, where Jonesboro won two very close sets by scores of 25-23 and 32-30.

Overall, the trip to Branson was great for some team bonding opportunities, as well as a chance to play some different teams than we normally face and see some good competition from other states. 

Several other central Kansas schools attended the camp, including Nickerson and Douglass, both of whom were very successful at Branson as well, as Nickerson defeated Broken Arrow in two sets in pool play, and Douglass lost a 3-set match to Jonesboro in the first round of the top bracket. 

It was a good experience to play larger schools with strong volleyball traditions, and a confidence booster to realize that we could compete well with them.

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