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.