Much as they did last season, the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball Team opened up their conference schedule against Garden City. And much as they did last season, they quickly disposed of the Busters in straight sets to move to 11-1 on the season. Seward got off to somewhat of a slow start in the match falling behind 5-1 on some less than optimal passing but bounced back thanks in part to Diana Castrillon’s serving mastery to take a 13-9 lead. The Seward sophomore dished up 4 straight aces and 7 straight points to give the home team an advantage they wouldn’t lose for the rest of the night. When she wasn’t on the serving line chalking up points for the green and white, Castrillon was at the net where she recorded 11 kills on the night. Seward clinched game one 25-16 and after a lengthy stay for Lindsey Miller with the ball in her hand serving and a pair of Stacie Carver blocks, the Lady Saints led 13-1 early in game number two. The two teams would trade points the rest of the way but Seward’s sizeable lead allowed for that as they cruised home with a 25-12 win. A trio of Kelen Ricardo kills early in the third game pushed Seward County out to an 8-3 lead and as Castrillon stepped back to serve, Garden City leaned back on their heels as her rocket serve propelled Seward to 6 straight points to give them an insurmountable 13-4 lead. As the Lady Saints emptied their bench Garden would get within breathing room at 19-12 but would get no closer as the match fittingly ended on yet another Castrillon ace at 25-14.
In the victory Castrillon ended up with 8 aces to go along with her 11 kills while Ricardo finished with 7 kills, 5 digs, and a pair of blocks on the evening. Lindsey Miller and Amanda Savage again headed the Lady Saints defensive attack as Miller ended with 12 digs and Savage 9. Stacie Carver drew the start in the middle for Seward and responded well with a team high 4 blocks on the night. Maddy Taylor and Taryn Westerman continued to play well at the setter position dishing out 19 and 6 assists respectively.
The win moves Seward County to 11-1 overall on the season going into Saturday’s big Jayhawk West Conference matchup with Hutchinson in the Sports Arena. The Blue Dragons were ranked 13th in the latest NJCAA poll but despite a hot start and 4 wins over top 25 opponents Seward is nowhere to be found. They will have a chance to make some noise in the next 7 days however as after their date with #13 Hutchinson they will return home to face #11 Pratt for the second time this year. If you aren’t able to make it to the Sports Arena for Saturday’s matinee you can follow the Lady Saints on Twitter with in-game updates or by CLICKING HERE to keep up with real time scoring from Hutch.