By Mike Pilosof
Photo by Adam Shrimplin
Garden City, KS-It was another slow start for Garden City.
Eden Hiebert and Jenna Thorne each had 10 kills, Eboni Sapien finished with 32 assists, and Hutchinson snapped a seven-match losing streak with a sweep of Garden City Saturday night 12-25, 19-25, 13-25 at Conestoga Arena.
The Broncbusters quickly found themselves down seven points in the opening set after Katelyn Elstun hammered a ball down the middle. A hitting error; coupled by a serve that sailed out of bounds, gave the Blue Dragons their first 10-point advantage, 18-8. A block followed by a kill by Jaydin Schake and another Garden City error, gave Hutchinson the first frame.
Garden City was more competitive early in the second set. But with the score tied at three, Hutchinson answered with a 13-8 run to take a five-point advantage. The Blue Dragons then answered with five straight points before punctuating the set following a Garden City hitting error. In the third, the visitors raced out to a 17-8 lead, thanks to a pair of kills by Schake. A Broncbuster miscue stretched the Hutchinson lead to double digits, and a hitting error ended the match.
Next up: Garden City at Seward on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.