Lamar has been very kind to the Seward County Lady Saints volleyball team in the past couple of seasons. After all, the gals in green have gone 13-1 there in the past two seasons, picking up back to back Lamar Kick-Off Classic Championships to open up the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. Following Wednesday night’s performance against Oklahoma Panhandle State University in the Lady Saints final pre-season scrimmage of the year, the foes that stand in front of Seward on Friday and Saturday better be ready for a battle.
After a sub-par at best showing Saturday against OPSU, Lamar, and Otero, the Lady Saints had some work to do in practice this week as they prepared for the opening of the 2010 season Friday in Colorado. Work they did, and came out a different team Wednesday night at home as they hosted the Aggies of OPSU for a scrimmage in front of a large Greenhouse crowd. “We played better in every facet of the game” Head Coach Bert Luallen said. “I had to put my foot down and have a couple of stern talks with a few of our players and tell them that we need them to step up and be at the top of their game every day” he continued. The night was capped by a bullet down the line from Daiane Souza as she finished off a solid match on the outside for Seward. Aislyn Karney and Sheina Fernandes were strong in the middle for the Lady Saints, recording a handful of blocks and finishing off a good number of chances on the offensive end as well. Maddy Taylor, Shelly Malouff, and Jordan Martin all split time at the setter position and each found the hands of their hitters with regularity on the night. Jade Greene and Stacie Carver worked the right side for Seward, providing a number of blocks against OPSU’s top hitters. The Aggies were unable to figure out the jump serve of Isabela Silva as she notched ace after ace on the night. Last, but certainly not least was the back line of the Lady Saints in libero Madison Winkelman and defensive specialist Katie Marks who pulled up a number of balls in spectacular fashion off the floor, leading to easy scoring opportunities for the Seward offense. “After this weekend I wasn’t sure if we were ready to start the season” Luallen said. “After last night I feel a lot better going into Lamar and getting the season started on a positive note” he continued.
The 17th ranked Lady Saints will open their 2010 regular season Friday in Lamar against Trinidad State at 12:00 (MST) and will hit the court again Friday at 4:00 to take on Chandler-Gilbert from Arizona. Their toughest test of the tournament will come Saturday morning when they square off with #21 Laramie County at 10:00 followed by their final game of the weekend at 2:00 against Vernon. Don’t forget to check the Lady Saints homepage at for live score updates and twitter posts throughout the weekend.
Also, just in time for the start of the season, the 2010 Lady Saints Volleyball Media Guide has been released with player profiles, season previews, record books, and more. Don’t forget to give that a look by CLICKING HERE.