By Hutchinson CC Sports Information
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Hutchinson Community College Volleyball team faces another rugged weekend schedule, but will do so inside the Hutchinson Sports Arena this weekend.
No. 16 Hutchinson and eighth other teams from Kansas, Missouri and Iowa make up the field for the 2022 Blue Dragon Volleyball Classic on Friday and Saturday. Friday matches begin at 10 a.m. and Saturday matches begin at 9 a.m.
The 2022 Blue Dragon Classic field features four nationally ranked teams – No. 16 Hutchinson, No. 2 Indian Hills, No. 8 Trinity Valley and No. 17 Mineral Area. Both Butler and MSU-West Plains are receiving votes in this week’s NJCAA Rankings. Jefferson College and Iowa Western started the season in the national rankings. Jayhawk West rival Cloud County is the ninth team in the tournament field.
The Blue Dragons play a pair of nationally ranked opponents and get two rematches in their four matches this weekend.
Hutchinson will open with Jefferson College at 2 p.m. on Friday. The Blue Dragons were swept by then then-No. 12 Vikings on opening weekend at the Reiver Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The Blue Dragons play host to Iowa Western at 6 p.m. on Friday. Also at the Reiver Classic, the Blue Dragons won a five-set thriller with the defending national champions and preseason-No. 1 ranked Reivers in August.
Hutchinson plays No. 8 Trinity Valley at 11 a.m. on Saturday and No. 17 Mineral Area at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Blue Dragons enter the weekend at 17-5 after a four-set victory over Garden City on Wednesday in the Sports Arena. The Blue Dragons are 3-5 this season against nationally ranked opponents. The Blue Dragon Classic is Hutchinson’s fourth tournament this season. The Dragons are 8-4 in weekend classics this season.
Admission for the Blue Dragon Classic is $10 daily. All matches will be streamed live on the Blue Dragon Sports Network.
2022 Blue Dragon Volleyball Classic
|When: Friday-Saturday, September 23-24
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS
Admission: $10 daily
Teams Participating: No. 16 Hutchinson; No. 2 Indian Hills, No. 8 Trinity Valley, No. 17 Mineral Area, Butler (RV), Missouri State-West Plains (RV), Jefferson College, Cloud County, Iowa Western.
Friday Matches Start at 10 a.m.
Saturday Matches Start at 9 a.m.
Blue Dragon Schedule
Friday at 2 p.m. – Jefferson College (Video)
Friday at 6 p.m. – Iowa Western (Video)
Saturday at 11 a.m. – No. 8 Trinity Valley (Video)
Saturday at 1 p.m. – No. 17 Mineral Area (Video)
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