In front of a packed Greenhouse crowd on Kids Inc. Night, the Seward County Lady Saints hammered out a big four game win in their home opener against the Colby Lady Trojans thanks in large part to the offense of Courtney Geesing and the defensive work at the net of Bailey McFerren.

The Lady Saints took game one 25-16 in convincing fashion but Colby bounced back to return the favor with a 25-14 win of their own in game two to even things up. Game three was tight midway through but Seward got the ball rolling before winning 25-18. The final game of the night was all green and black. Seward took the lead early on and would never look back, trailing at just the 2-1 mark before going on to win 25-17 to win the match.
Geesing’s big night started right out of the gates as the sophomore outside hitter opened the match with a kill and then a block to put Seward up 2-0 in game one. Later on Christina Fisher would serve up an ace for the Lady Saints and Daiane Souza and McFerren would team up for a block to put the gals in green ahead 8-3. Seward would continue to dominate the first game as an ace from Souza and another kill from Geesing pushed them ahead to a 14-5 advantage. Colby would cut the Lady Saints lead to 15-7 as they got within eight but Seward would score six of the next nine points to go ahead 23-11 before eventually taking the set 25-16 on a kill from McFerren on an overpass from the Lady Trojans. In game two Colby would flip the script. After the teams were tied at 3-3, the Lady Trojans raced out to a 13-5 advantage as Seward struggled to execute on their side of the net. Colby would continue to build on their lead and would go up ten on the Lady Saints at 20-10 as they looked to even things up. Seward would get the lead down to single digits after back to back kills from McFerren and Geesing but the Lady Trojans would score the final two points and would go on to take the game 25-14 as the team hit the locker rooms. During the break, the Lady Saints honored all of the Kids Inc. volleyball players in attendance. The 100 or so 3rd to 6th graders spread across the gym floor as they were presented to the largest Seward volleyball crowd in nearly 5 years. When the big girls got back on the court it was obvious that Head Coach Bert Luallen had some choice instructions for his Lady Saints in the locker room. Seward bolted out to a 6-2 lead on a pair of blocks and an ace from Madison Winkelman. Colby would tighten things back up and would get to within one midway through but Seward would score five of seven points in the middle of the match to again widen the gap back to three at 15-12. The Lady Saints would remain pressure free from there as McFerren recorded two solo blocks and a kill while Geesing added two more kills to carry Seward to a 25-18 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Game four was tight early on as the teams jousted for position. With the score 7-6 in favor of Seward Geesing picked up another kill to put the Lady Saints up two and later on Aubree Young would put down a Colby overpass to make it 10-7 in favor of the home team. From that point on it was all green and black as the sophomore tandem of Souza and Aislyn Karney went to work at the net, recording two kills apiece to steak the Lady Saints to a 15-8 edge. After a Karney block put Seward on top 17-11 it looked as if that might be it for the Lady Trojans but Colby would put up a fight to get back into the game and were down just 17-14 three points later. The Colby run would wake Seward up and the with the margin remaining the same at 19-16 later on, the Lady Saints then jumped on the back of Geesing who had three straight kills for Seward to put them up 22-17 and the momentum would carry the Lady Saints to score the final five points of the match as Karney and Young got a block followed by an ace from Marina Dias to make it 24-17 before a Colby hitting error closed things out as Seward won game four 25-17 to win the match. After the match the Lady Saints would celebrate with their big crowd by signing posters, volleyballs, arms, and more for all of those in attendance. The match was also a historic first for the school as for the first time in school history the match was streamed live through the Lady Saints website as will the rest of Seward’s home events this season.
Geesing recorded Seward’s first double-double of the season with a memorable night as the Lady Saints captain finished the match with a career high 15 kills and 10 digs without making a single error on an attack. Reigning KJCCC Player of the Week Souza had her 5th straight double digit kill match with 10 and Karney finished with a matching 5 kills and 5 blocks. McFerren had a monster night above the tape, sending back 10 Colby attacks via block, including 5 solo and 5 combo rejections. The freshman middle also chipped in with 4 kills without an error in 11 chances. Dias finished with a team high 18 assists while Fisher chipped in 12 and Winkleman led the Seward backline with 12 digs.
The win improves the Lady Saints overall record to 5-0 but more importantly they see their conference season get off to a good start at 1-0. They will now travel to Vernon, Texas where they will square off against a slew of formidable opponents including Tyler who knocked off #9 San Jacinto last weekend, 4-1 Fort Scott, and Division III #1 Brookhaven.
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