After a big win against their arch rivals, the Hutchinson Blue Dragons in the Sports Arena on Wednesday, it seemed as if the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team had turned the corner to get back on track in the Jayhawk West Conference but a three game loss in the Beaver Dome in Pratt on Saturday proved otherwise as the Lady Saints fall to 11-10 overall on the year and 4-4 in conference play.
In game one, the Lady Saints would fall in an early hole and wouldn’t be able to fight their way out of it against a potent Pratt attack. The Beavers dialed up 17 kills with just 3 errors while the Lady Saints had 15 kills but 7 costly errors as they would fall 25-18. In game two Seward’s offense was better but their lack of blocking at the net would put little pressure on the Pratt offense as the Beavers would roll to a 25-21 win. With their backs to the wall in game three, the Lady Saints played well, delivering 18 kills and hitting .441 as a team but again could not slow down the Pratt front line as they fell 25-22 and were swept by the Beavs.
Sheina Fernandes led the Lady Saints with 14 kills while Daiane Souza also reached double figures with 11. Courtney Geesing would finish with 8 kills and just 1 error and Stacie Carver had 6 kills without an error. Maddy Taylor connected on 18 of 39 set attempts while fellow setter Jordan Martin finished the match with 11 assists. Fernandes was Seward’s only threat at the net defensively in the match as she had a part in all 4 blocks for the Lady Saints on the day.
The win drops Seward to 4-4 in conference play on the year and 11-10 overall on the season. They now sit in 5th place in the conference, a full 3 games behind the Beavers and Dodge City who are tied atop the standings. Seward will next hit the road on Wednesday when they travel to Concordia to take on Cloud County for the final meeting between the two in the 2010 regular season. The Lady Saints will then come home to host the 2010 Ozfest Invitational Tournament presented by Landmark Real Estate Center on Friday and Saturday when #5 Western Nebraska, #14 Midland, 18-3 Redlands, and 15-9 Lamar invade the Greenhouse for a weekend full of volleyball.