With the Jayhawk West Conference Title within their reach, the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball Team picked up a big road win Wednesday night in Great Bend against a quality opponent in the Barton County Cougars. In game one the two teams went back and forth early and were tied at 12 midway through. Two straight Barton hitting errors gave Seward the lead at 14-12 and boosted them to a run which would put game one away. Up 22-15, Diana Castrillon notched her third kill of the first set to give Seward a 23-15 advantage and moments later Kelen Ricardo hit a shot off the block to close out the game 25-16.
In game two the Lady Saints came out of the blocks strong and scored six straight points early to take an 8-3 lead. LaKendra Sanders then put Seward up 11-5 and later on Sheina Fernandes finished off a kill to give the gals in green an 18-13 lead. After going up 20-14 and looking as if they had control of the set, Seward gave up seven straight Cougar points and found themselves down 21-20. Getting a slap in the face from the home team, the Lady Saints bounced back to score three consecutive points of their own and go up 23-21 and a solo block from Fernandes would seal the game 25-23 to put Seward up 2-0 in the match.
Game three would be close early but after LaKendra Sanders would put the Lady Saints up 7-6, they would never look back. Seward stretched leads to 15-10 and 19-11 on blocks from Sheina Fernandes and Taryn Westerman and then went up seven late at 23-16 with a kill from Lindsey Miller. On match point with the score 24-17, a Barton ball out of bounds would give the Lady Saints a 25-17 win in game three and a 3-0 sweep of the match.
With one match left, Seward now has at least a share of the conference title and can close out an outright conference championship Monday at home with a win against Dodge City. The win gives the Lady Saints 10 conference wins for the second straight season, the first time that that has happened in over a decade. Seward is now 25-9 overall on the season and 10-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play. Monday night will be sophomore night with all six Seward County sophomores playing their last game of their careers in the friendly confines of the Greenhouse. Prior to the match, each of the six will be honored along with their parents for their outstanding work during their time here at Seward County.