If anyone in the Greenhouse Saturday afternoon told you that they thought the Jayhawk West Conference Volleyball Match between conference leading Seward County and last place Garden City was going to go any differently than it did, they were probably lying to you. The Lady Saints dispatched of the visiting ‘Busters in a just over an hour to move to 9-2 on the season and 3-0 in conference play while Garden City fell to 0-8 on the year and 0-3 in conference action.
In game one Seward cruised to a 25-13 win despite a subpar performance from their offense. The Lady Saints hit just .244 in the game and had 4 hitting errors. In game two the Lady Saints would get all they could take from the winless ‘Busters as they played neck and neck, even trailing at one point, before rising to the occasion in the end to come away with the 25-18 win. Looking for the sweep in game three, the Lady Saints again struggled to execute offensively, hitting .265 with 5 errors, but still managed to come away with a 25-15 win to wrap up the match.
Sheina Fernandes posted her 5th straight double digit kill effort for Seward, banging 11 balls to the floor in the win. Stacie Carver had a big match for the Lady Saints in the win, recording a career high 8 kills to go along with 5 digs and a block while Shelly Malouff finished with 7 kills, 14 assists, and 7 digs in the victory. Aislyn Karney once again proved to be a force at the net, recording 6 solo blocks to lead the team while Madison Winkelman posted her second straight 20+ dig performance with 24 against the Busters.
Head Coach Bert Luallen was less than impressed with his team’s performance on Saturday saying “we have to play more consistent if we want to be there in the end. We can’t play up and down to the level of our competition. We need to play our game every time we hit the court or it is going to come back and bite us like it has the past two seasons.” One of the numbers that popped out of the stat sheet the most to Luallen was the number of errors the Lady Saints committed. “The number of errors have to go down as we go along this season. That has been one thing that has been a direct correlation of our successes and failures so far this year. Today we gave away 24 points on hitting, ball handling, service, blocking, and reception errors and they only scored a total of 46 points in the match; that’s 52% of their points” he exclaimed. “I understand that some kids are playing positions that they aren’t completely used to and that we as a team played without a couple of our best all-around players but again we have to go out there and limit the mistakes and put the pressure on our opponents night in and night out” he finished his conversation by saying.
The win moves Seward to 3-0 and alone into 1st place in the conference standings and to 9-2 overall on the year. The ‘Busters fall to 0-3 in conference and 0-8 overall while their winless game streak hits 24 on the season. Next up for the Lady Saints is Barton on Wednesday in Great Bend in a match that will be better on the court than it is on paper. While Seward is 3-0 and Barton 0-2 in the early going of conference play, the Cougars have lost to the two teams on the Lady Saints tails in Dodge City and Hutchinson while 2 of Seward’s 3 wins have come against the bottom dwellers in the conference. Check the Lady Saints Twitter feed on www.scccsaints.com for periodical posts on the happenings in Great Bend or follow the score live HERE.