The Seward County Lady Saints trip to Concordia to play Cloud County this weekend took around 12 hours round trip. Their match with the Lady T-Birds lasted little over an hour, as Seward returned to their winning form Saturday with a three game sweep over Cloud to improve to 11-2 overall on the season and 4-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play.

As always, it was tough getting things going to start in Bryant Gymnasium, a place where the Lady Saints historically have had closer than expected matches with the T-Birds. The Lady Saints took an early 3-2 lead on a kill from Courtney Geesing but three straight Seward errors would put Cloud on top 5-3. Seward would slowly battle back to draw even and then on a block from Aislyn Karney and Sarah Miller would take a 7-5 lead and would never trail again. Bailey McFerren and Daiane Souza would then join the block part to put the Lady Saints on top 9-6 and Seward would extend their lead to 13-8 with another kill from Geesing on the outside later on. With the score 15-10, Seward would take over. They scored six straight points to blow game one open 21-10 and after back to back kills from Karney and a slam by Jasmine Bryant on an overpass, the Lady Saints would be cruising, up 24-12. After a couple of Cloud points, the Lady Saints would finish things off and take home game one 25-14.
An even slower start in game two would put the Lady Saints in somewhat of an uncomfortable situation early on as they found themselves down 8-5. They would snap out of it to score six straight, helped by an ace from Marina Dias and a kill from Geesing to take their first lead of the game at 11-8. After Cloud got the ball back, Karney would get two straight kills for Seward and Geesing would continue a hot game with an ace to put the Lady Saints up 14-9. The Lady T-Birds would creep back into it and would get to within two at 15-13 and would draw to within one of the Lady Saints at 16-15 after a Seward reception error. Two McFerren kills and another from Geesing gave Seward breathing room up 19-15 and three more kills for Geesing down the stretch would push Seward to a 25-18 win to take a 2-0 lead.
For the third straight game, the Lady Saints came out sloppy in game three and once again found themselves behind early 7-4 after a slew of errors. Cloud would go up by four 10-6 after a Seward service error and after trading points the Lady Saints were trailing 11-7. A kill from McFerren would send the freshman back to the service line and she would stay there for a while after an ace brought the Lady Saints to within two, a block from Aubree Young and Miller made it a one point game and then another ace from McFerren knotted things up at 11. Miller would then get a solo block to give the Lady Saints the lead and she and Young would team up again on the next point to make it 13-11 Seward County. A kill from Geesing later on would put Seward up by a 16-12 count and they would remain up by four, 19-15, six points later. Another Seward service error would get Cloud to within four at 22-18 but they would never get any closer, as the Lady Saints finished strong to bring home a 25-20 win to sweep the T-Birds 3-0.
Seward hit a cool .333 as a team through the first two games and finished at .269. Geesing tied a career high with 15 kills in the win and chalked up another double-double as she also had 10 digs. McFerren played another near flawless game in the middle, putting up 9 kills and just 1 error in the match, hitting .615 and also chipping in with 3 blocks. Karney finished with 8 kills in 18 chances and had a pair of blocks while Miller led the team with 7 total blocks and Young finished with 4. Madison Winkelman returned to the lineup after missing her first game of her two year career Wednesday against Dodge City and had a team high 21 digs for Seward. Dias and Christina Fisher each dished out 16 assists and combined for a .478 set percentage in the match.
The Lady Saints are now 11-2 overall on the season and 4-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play. They will return home on Wednesday night for a pivotal conference matchup with rival Hutchinson in the Greenhouse starting at 6:30. It will be Area High School Night at the Greenhouse with different giveaways throughout the night for high school students in attendance.
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