The St. John-Hudson volleyball team broke even at the Hutchinson Summer Volleyball League.
Fortunately for the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers and their fans, the weather inside was much, much cooler than the 100 degree temperatures outside, watching the gals playing varsity and junior varsity volleyball in Hutchinson’s Summer Volleyball League held at the Salt Hawk Recreation Center located in Hutchinson High School last Friday evening.
In the last two matches of the evening, the St. John’s Lady Varsity broke even, defeating the Burrton Chargers in three sets, then losing to Goessel in three.
Starting out against the Chargers, the Lady Tigers polished off the Chargers 23-25, 25-14, and 15-12.
Both teams played about even in the first set, with the Lady Tigers taking a 6- 4 lead, then Burrton came back tying things at 7-7. After being behind again after four volleys, the Tigers tied it again 10-10, 11-11, and 12-12, took a 13-12 lead, part of that on a great save by St. John’s Jackie Rios at the net. The Tigers stayed ahead for the next six volleys, then it was all tied 16-16. After a time out called by St. John’s head coach Trish Wade and the score standing at 16-19, the scoring went back and forth with three more ties 19-19, 20-20, 21-21, the Chargers won the first match 23-25.
With the Lady Tigers down by two 4-6, St. John came back, tied the score 6-6, took the lead and kept it to the end with the help of two aces, the Tigers take the second set 25-14.
The third and deciding set had both teams playing it close, with the Tigers down for most of the way, then after an 11-11 tie, the Lady Tigers outscored the Chargers 4-1 to take the third set 15-12 and the match.
The varsity led all the way against the Goessel Blue Jays in the first set and were pulling away 22- 15. But then the Blue Jays made a comeback, chomping off three of the Tigers lead 22-19. That forced Coach Wade to call a time. Goessel narrowed it to two points 22-20. The Lady Tigers stayed ahead by one 24-23, then took the last volley for their first set 25- 23.
In the second set, the Tigers were just not in the grove as the Blue Jays took the lead and kept it, the Tigers losing the second set 15-25.
The third and deciding set was a battle with three ties 5-5, 6-6, and 9-9. It looked as if the set was going St. John’s way as the Tigers had three set points 14-11, 14-12, and 14-13. Then after four more ties 14-14, 15-15, 16-16, 17-17, Goessel got the last two volleys to get the set 17-19 and the match.
Earlier in the day, St.John’s junior varsity (with a few junior high in the mix) won their first two matches, defeating Hutchinson 25-15, 25-21, and then defeated Goessel 25-12, 25-20.
Against the Goessel Lady Blue Jays, Tigers fell behind right from the start until coming back tying the score 7-7. With the help of eight aces, the J.V. pulled away with an easy 25-12 first set win. Starting the second set at 4-4, and after a 5-5 tie, the Blue Jays gained the lead, but then it was all tied at 11–11.
From then on the Tigers J.V. took and kept the lead, several of their points coming from six aces. St. John’s leads were usually between 1 – 4 points as they took the second set 25-20, and the match. They go undefeated for the day.