By Hutchinson CC Sports Information
PARK HILLS, Mo. – The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team fell in four sets to Missouri State University-West Plains to close out the Mineral Area College Tournament on Saturday at Sechrest Gym.
The Blue Dragons finished the tournament 2-2 after an 18-25, 17-25, 25-19, 23-25 loss to the Grizzlies.
The Blue Dragons are now 20-11 overall and will return to conference play on Wednesday with a road trip to play at Colby.
Sophomore middle blocker Anna Dean had a career-high 16 kills to lead the Blue Dragons. She added five total blocks and an ace serve to lead Hutchinson.
The Blue Dragons were out-hit 48-41 and blocked were tied at 10-10.
This is the fourth tournament this season the Blue Dragons have gone 2-2.
Set 1: West Plains took immediate charge of the Blue Dragons by jumping out to an 11-2 lead. That deficit drew to 13-4, 15-15 and 19-6 before the Dragons started to find some rhythm. A Golden ace pulled the Dragons within 22-11. Then at 24-11, the Blue Dragons fought off six-straight set points, pulling within 24-18 on a Dean kill. The Dragons dropped the opener 25-18.
Set 2: The second set was the same story as West Plains built an immediate 12-3 lead. Back-to-back Dean kills pulled the Dragons with 13-7, but the Grizzlies went on a 5-0 run to pull away. Down 23-12, the Dragons surged with a 5-1 run, but West Plains closed the 25-17 win on the third set point.
Set 3: Trailing 6-5, the Blue Dragon offenses caught fire with an 8-1 run that capped by back-to-back Ravanhani kills and a Dean solo block for a 13-7 lead. The lead drew to 18-10 after a Golden kill. Ashlyn Long had a kill for a 21-13 lead. West Plains scored three in a row to pull within five, but a Ravanhani kill stopped that advantage. A Dean/Ravanhani block made it 24-16. West Plains fought off three set points, but a Dean kill kept the Dragons alive with a 25-19 victory.
Set 4: The Dragons trailed 8-4 early, but a 4-1 run kept them within striking distance. A Ravanhani kill pulled the Dragons with 9-8. West Plains then took charge with a 6-0 run to build a 15-9 lead. The Blue Dragons had a pair of 3-0 runs to force a comeback attempt. The first was a Golden kill to make it 18-15. The second fought off three match points to pull within 24-23. The Grizzlies got a kill to close the match, winning 25-23.