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.