It was the date that the Seward County Lady Saint sophomore had been waiting for since their disappointing end of their 2009 campaign. Watching the Pratt Beavers celebrate their win over them in the Region VI Tournament quarterfinals, the Lady Saints took a stand to get revenge and they got the first step of that Wednesday night in the Greenhouse as they brushed off an error filled first game to come back and win the next three handily to take down the country’s 14th ranked team and move to 4-1 on the season.

The Beavers would score first in the match of top 20 teams, but the Lady Saints would get the next four points and go up 4-1 as the match started. Pratt would get to within one at 9-8 later on but Daiane Souza finished off a three point Seward swing soon afterwards with a smash to the corner to make it 12-9 Lady Saints. The teams would trade points to 16-13 after a kill from Courtney Geesing but the Beavers would score the next nine points of the game with the Seward on their heels and took a 22-16 lead late looking to take game one. Pratt would reach game point at 24-18, but the Lady Saints weren’t going to roll over just yet and tightened the score to 24-22 after four straight points. The comeback was not to be however as a service error sealed the Lady Saints fate as they fell in game one 25-22.

Seward got off to a hot start in game two as they led 7-2 early. Pratt would inch closer thanks to a string of unforced Seward mistakes and the Lady Saints would lead by just two, 10-8 when Aislyn Karney found a hole in the defense to make it 11-8 Seward. Pratt would tie it up at 11 a short time later but back to back tips from Maddy Taylor and Sheina Fernandes would put Seward back on top 13-11. The pesky Beavers kept chipping away at the lead and again tied the game at 14 with a kill from Natali Jones. That’s when the Lady Saints decided to put it in overdrive, scoring seven straight points to take an 21-14 lead and after the teams traded service errors, the score was 22-15 in favor of the gals in green. With game point on the line for Seward up 24-15, Isabela Silva connected with Geesing to put the game away as the Lady Saints came out with a 25-15 win to tie the match at 1 game apiece.

The Lady Saints again started well in game three as they took a 5-1 lead on three aces early and then stretched the lead to 9-1 with a kill from Silva on the right side. The lead would reach 10 on a kill from Souza but the Beavers would slowly work themselves back into the game at 18-12 and put themselves within striking distance. The teams would go back and forth when Stacie Carver combined with Aislyn Karney on a block to put Seward up 21-14 and Fernandes would finish the Beavs off moments later with a shot to the backline to give the Lady Saints the 25-16 game three win.

Pratt would come out strong in game four as they looked to fight off elimination and took an 8-7 lead before Souza split the Beaver block to tie the game at 8. Pratt would quickly side out and take a 9-8 but wouldn’t want to remember what happened after they took that lead. Madison Winkelman would step to the service line with her team tied at 9 and wouldn’t leave until her team was up 20-9. The Beaver defense couldn’t figure out the Seward libero’s serve and that combined with a scrappy defense on the Lady Saints side of the floor would spell doom for Pratt as Seward rolled off 11 points in a row to bury the visitors and end all hopes of a comeback. Jordan Martin would come in late and pick up an assist on her first play to send the match to match point at 24-13 and Seward would quickly finish things off with a kill on the outside to wrap things up with a 25-13 win.

Seward struggled as a team with their attack in the first two games, combining to hit just .130 but came on strong late to notch a .352 mark in the final two games. Leading the Lady Saints once again in kills was Sheina Fernandes who had 12 on 24 chances while Daiane Souza recorded 7 and Courtney Geesing 6 in the win. Maddy Taylor came up big at the setter position for Seward, recording 23 assists and 10 digs in her 4th double-double of her Lady Saints career. Taylor was one of three Lady Saints to find their way into the double digit digs category as Geesing finished with a team high 15 and Madison Winkelman with 11 in the match. Aislyn Karney came up big again at the net for Seward with 5 blocks while Souza finished with 4, and Fernandes 3 in the victory.

The 17th ranked Lady Saints move to 4-1 on the season but more importantly get out to a 1-0 start in Jayhawk West Conference play as they look to defend their crown. They will next hit the hardwood Friday in El Reno, Oklahoma at the Redlands Labor Day Classic where they will see Paris JC at 1:00 followed by Redlands that night at 5:00 and Hutchinson at 10:00 Saturday and wrap things up with Hill College at 2:00 Saturday. Seward will return home on Wednesday at 6:30 when they will renew acquaintances with Cloud County who rejoins the Division 1 ranked in the Jayhawk after taking two years off to play at the Division 2 level.



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