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Less than one week away from their October, 31 season opener, the Seward County Lady Saints have been picked #17 in the NJCAA pre-season poll.

With the pre-season honor, the Lady Saints have now been ranked in the NJCAA top 20 for 19 straight seasons.

Head Coach Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints will battle Friends University Friday at 6:00 in the Greenhouse to open the 2008-09 campaign.
With pink t-shirts and outfits filling the stands of the Greenhouse Wednesday night, the Seward County Lady Saints recorded two huge victories. Along with winning their match against Pratt and wrapping up 2nd place in the Jayhawk West Conference, Seward County and Pratt were able to raise $200 to go towards Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

With posters of breast cancer survivors and victims lining the walls of the gym the Lady Saints jumped on top early winning the first game 25-17 but dropped the second game 15-25 in a set plagued by bad passing. With the score tied at 1-1, Seward County won the third set 25-18 and then finished the Beavers off in a marathon of a 4th set 35-33. The Lady Saints were led by Jelena Simic who smashed down 17 kills for Seward and also recorded a team high five aces. Chelsea Myers did a great job running the offense from the setter position for the Lady Saints dishing out 44 assists and helping on the defensive end with 11 digs and 3 blocks. Amanda Savage had a team high 17 digs in the four set affair while LaKendra Sanders added to her team leading block total with 5. Jenna Ginest might have had the best all around game for the Lady Saints recording a .400 hitting percentage on the night while putting down 9 kills along with her team high 6 blocks.

The win, Head Coach Bert Luallen’s 300th as a college coach, assures the Lady Saints of 2nd place in the Jayhawk Conference and will give them a home playoff date scheduled for November 4th. “ These girls really laid it all out in that fourth set, refusing to lose. It was my intention, going into tonight's match, to try to get everyone into the match. But that just wasn't the case. Pratt kept the pressure on us and we simply couldn't afford to let it slip away, as a loss would have moved them past us in the conference standings” Luallen said.

When asked about what it meant to get victory #300 Luallen said, “There have been many great players and fine young women who have played for me and who have contributed to this. I owe all of them my heartfelt thanks. I didn't win a single one of these matches, they did. I'm grateful to Coach McSpadden and Dr. Dunn for giving me the opportunity to have what I believe is one of the best coaching positions in the NJCAA. I deeply appreciate these past three seasons that I've had the privilege of working with Alana Rowland. She has worked tirelessly and is a huge part of the success we have had. She is the best!”

The Lady Saints next match will come next Wednesday the 29th in a contest with Barton County here in Liberal. The match will be Sophomore Recognition Night for the four Lady Saints sophomores who will be playing their last conference match at the Greenhouse.

After a week in which she posted 13 blocks, 9 of which were solo, and 19 kills in just two matches, Seward County Lady Saints middle hitter LaKendra Sanders has been named NJCAA Region VI Player of the Week.
Sanders, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, helped lead the Lady Saints to two conference victories last week to help run their conference record to 6-1. Through Wednesday nights win against Garden City, Sanders currently has 47 solo blocks, and 118 blocks overall, good for 7th in the nation. Sanders has also stepped up her offensive play as of late and is currently third on the team in kills behind All-American Jelena Simic and fellow Texan outside hitter Lindsey Miller.
"Everything is starting to click with LaKendra" Head Coach Bert Luallen said. "This isn't the last time you are going to see her win this award in her career here."
After surviving an upset scare on Wednesday from Colby, the Seward County Lady Saints weren't going to let conference foe Garden City get close on Wednesday night at the Green House in a quick three set win.
The Lady Saints came out clicking on all cylinders, recording 12 of the first 13 points in the match and didn't look back as they won the first set 25-10, the second 25-21, and the third 25-12.
Jelena Simic, Jenna Ginest, and Lindsey Miller led the Lady Saints offensive attack combining for 20 kills while making just 2 errors in the match while Libero's Amanda Savage, Adriann D'Amico, and Tamren Hensley combined for 16 digs in the three games.
The Lady Saints now 28-6 and 7-1 in conference play, eagerly await the arrival of seven teams to the Green House for Friday and Saturday's Ozfest invitational. The Lady Saints will see their first action at 11:00 a.m. Friday against Redlands C.C.
On paper, Saturday’s match against Colby should have been a walk in the park for the 26-6 Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball Team. It was anything but that as the Lady Trojans from Colby put up their second valiant battle against the Lady Saints this season. After losing the first set 25-27, winning the second set 25-13, and losing the third set 23-25, the now 27-6 Lady Saints found themselves down two games to one and on the brink of a major upset from the Lady Trojans who entered the match just 11-20. Seward County was not going to let that happen in the Green House however as the Lady Saints stormed back to take the fourth set convincingly 25-13 before being taken to the end of their rope in the fifth and deciding set, but hanging on to win 15-13.

Lindsey Miller led the offensive attack with 15 kills and just 2 errors in her first full match since a minor setback two weeks ago. The freshman from Dumas, Texas also stepped up big on the defensive side of the ball for the Lady Saints with 23 digs to pace the team along with libero Amanda Savage who also recorded 23. LaKendra Sanders continues to become a bigger and bigger force for the Lady Saints game by game as she finished off 13 kills and notched 8 blocks, 7 of which were solo blocks, to hold down the middle for the Lady Saints in the victory. Taryn Westerman recorded her second match of the week with over a .500 hitting percentage as she notched 8 kills to go along with her 25 assists and 12 digs. Jelena Simic had a season high 4 blocks to match her 14 kills while Jenna Ginest continued her solid play of late with 7 kills and 3 blocks for the Lady Saints.

“A win is a win” coach Bert Luallen emphasized. “Although I wasn’t overly impressed with the way we played, the girls found a way to win, and in the end that is all that matters. If we can start to eliminate unneeded errors and continue to build on the positives that we have establish as the season has gone on, I will feel very comfortable with where we will be when we head into postseason play.”

The Lady Saints have one more conference match Wednesday against Garden City at the Green House at 6:30 pm before hosting the Ozfest Invitational this Friday and Saturday, when seven of the top teams in the country will converge on the campus of SCCC/ATS for 24 games in two days of high paced action in the Green House.
The Seward County Lady Saints moved to 5-1 in conference play last night while recording their 4th straight conference win against Dodge City. The Lady Saints got ahead early and never looked back as they won the first set 25-11 before going on to win the 2nd set 25-18 and pulling out the 3rd set 25-23.

All 13 Lady Saints played in the match, marking only the 3rd time all season thaT has happened. "I like to get everyone involved in a big team win like this" Head Coach Bert Luallen said. "It gives everyone that good feeling and when everyone is contributing like they did last night, it makes my job easy."

Five Lady Saints recorded at least five kills, four Lady Saints notched assists, every Lady Saint had a dig, and seven Lady Saints had a block in the contest.

Seward County now sets their sights on a home match-up with Colby at the Green House in Liberal on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.