It might not have been the typical pregame routine for a top 20 ranked squad but last Saturday at Cottonwood Intermediate School, it was the only place that the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball Team wanted to be. The Lady Saints took time out of their Saturday morning to work with 4 and 5 year olds on their volleyball skills. The Seward players taught the youngsters how to pass, set, and serve during their time with them.
The group of 20 that they started working with at the beginning of their time slot was shy and not sure that they really wanted to be doing this sport with the ball that was half as big as them. But, after a few encouraging words and a high five or two, the aspiring volleyballers were all smiles and having a great time. When asked if she was having fun, one girl said “Ya, I am going to go home and practice on the wall in my room so I can get good like them.” However, it wasn’t just the little ones having fun. “I had a lot of fun this morning” said Lady Saint Courtney Geesing. “They kind of remind me of myself when I was that age” she said of two young girls she worked with the majority of the morning.

When their time together was coming to a close, the Lady Saints made sure to pass out a schedule poster to each one of their protégés and then took time to have the girls bring them around to each of them and have them sign the posters. “It is always fun to do things like this” said All-Conference middle hitter Sheina Fernandes. “You can just see the happiness in their eyes that they get from spending just one hour with us” she continued.

The Lady Saints later went on to beat Garden City that day to move to 9-2 on the season and remain perfect at 3-0 in Jayhawk West Conference play. Their next action will come on Wednesday in a battle on the road against the Barton County Cougars in Great Bend. Twitter and score updates will be available throughout the match by checking out the Lady Saints website at