The Hastings College Volleyball Team may have had a lack of sleep but only needed one set to wake them up as they knocked off Lee Unverisity (TN) 15-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 in the quarterfinal play in round of the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament on Friday morning.
Once again Kendra Schwein willed her team through the lack of sleep with 21 kills while Kirsten Nickel added 12.
After dropping the first set, Hastings found their legs in games two and three taking the 2-1 lead into game four. Lee came out firing scoring the first five points of game four and led the Broncos 13-6 when Hastings called a timeout.
Hastings began to seize control of this match at this point running off 11 of the next 12 points. Shayna Schacher began this run with a kill. After a Lee hitting error, Taylor Jordan would pick up an ace cutting the deficit to 13-9.
Nickel would then get another kill after Schwein dug the kill attemp making it 13-10 in favor of Lee.
Lee would make it 14-10 but Hastings would then run off seven straight points as this run would turn into the Nickel and Schacher show as they were part of three of the next four points.
Hastings would never look back as Lee could only get within one the rest of the way out and claim the 3-1 win and advance to the quarterfinal.
Schwein knows getting down isn't good but the team also knows how to fight back. "We have a bad habit of getting down a little bit at the beginning, Schwein said. "But we were able to play strong and win out."
Hastings had to find a way to combat the late night effort to battle back and play at a high level and Head Coach Matt Buttermore managed it very well.
"Game one we were totally off game plan and that is part of the fatigue," Buttermore said. "We stuck with the game plan in games two, three and four and we were able to make some plays."
Hastings will now turn its attention to No. 1 Concordia (CA) who is still undefeated on the season as that match will begin at 5:45 p.m. this afternoon.