It wasn’t expected to be much of a match and quite frankly it wasn’t as the #13 Seward County Lady Saints steamrolled the 1-15 Garden City Lady Broncbusters in three games Monday night in the Greenhouse in front of a good and spiritful crowd on Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night.

The Lady Saints breezed through game one and won it 25-10 and were on track to do the same in game two before Garden made a late run to get closer as Seward won 25-14, and in game three it was the Lady Saints again big 25-12 to wrap up the sweep and remain perfect in conference play.
Things didn’t exactly start how the Lady Saints had drawn it up in the locker room as Garden City scored the first two points of game one to take a 2-0 lead. Then Seward turned the page and would score the next four points with a kill from Bailey McFerren, a block from Aislyn Karney and Jasmine Bryant, and a kill from Courtney Geesing to go up 4-2. With it still a two point game at 6-4, the Lady Saints would go on a 6-0 run to go ahead 12-4 and put some distance between them and the Lady Busters. A pair of Seward errors cut their lead to 12-6 but they would score eight of the next nine points thanks in large part to four Daiane Souza kills to take a commanding 20-7 lead late in the game. Garden City did the rest for the Lady Saints as they committed five errors to give Seward their final five points of the game as the gals in green cruised to a 25-10 game one win. The Lady Buster struggles would continue as they would giftwrap Seward’s first seven points of game two and Karney and Madison Winkelman would get the next two for the Lady Saints to go ahead big 9-2 early. The Lady Saints would take a 14-4 lead a short time later as McFerren picked up a pair of kills and Geesing another and Seward continued to pour it on as they would take a 17-5 lead when Geesing recorded her 6th kill of the match. Up 20-7, the Lady Saints began to shuffle their lineup and Garden would take advantage by getting to within seven at 21-14 but Seward would score the final four points of the game on a kill from Marina Dias another from McFerren and then finally a block from McFerren and Aubree Young to finish things off and give them the 25-14 game two win. During the intermission the Seward County faculty and staff showed off their volleyball skills as they served over (and under) the net to try and hit and win Lady Saints t-shirts. After that fun was over, Seward used the good luck that the employees left on the court to take an early 6-1 lead in game three as they looked for the sweep. The Lady Saints would then go up 10-3 when Geesing got a kill and Sarah Miller joined the block party with a solo rejection. Garden would make a run though and cut the Seward lead to six at 13-7 before climbing to within four at 14-10 after a Lady Saints hitting error. A sideout would be all the Lady Saints would need as they got that and then got on a roll to take the next six straight points to go ahead double digits 20-10. From there on it was Geesing that led the Lady Saints to the finish line as she picked up two more kills and then finished the match with a combo block with Miller to give Seward the 25-12 win to take the match.
Seward won the match at the net where they had 12 blocks as a team and recorded 24 kills to just 7 errors on the night. Geesing led the way with 10 kills without making an error while McFerren chipped in 6 with just 1 mistake in 12 tries. McFerren and Miller tied for the team lead with 5 blocks each in the win while Karney had 4 for the Lady Saints. Dias and Christina Fisher connected on 42% of their set attempts for Seward as Dias finished with 11 assists and Fisher 9. Winkelman led the Lady Saints with 12 digs and an ace from the libero position.
The Lady Saints earn their 10th win of the season compared to just 1 loss with the victory over Garden, and now sits 3-0 and in 2nd place in the Jayhawk West Conference standings. Their busy week will continue on Wednesday at Dodge City before hitting the road again on Saturday as they make the long trek up to Concordia to take on a struggling Cloud County squad. Seward will return home on Wednesday, September 21st when they host the rival Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons on Area High School Night in the Greenhouse at 6:30. Area high school students are invited to attend and will be eligible for prizes throughout the match.
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