The outcome was what they were looking for, but the method of getting there wasn’t exactly how they had planned Wednesday night in the Greenhouse as #20 Seward County took down the Pratt Lady Beavers in 4 games to move to 7-2 in Jayhawk West Conference play.

Seward was down big in game one but stormed back late to win 26-24, in game two they again overcame a deficit but faltered with the game on the line to lose 25-23 to tie things at 1-1. In game three the Lady Saints did come up big when needed, scoring the final 5 points to win 25-20 and in game four it was all green and black as Seward won 25-19 to take the match 3-1.
It was a slow start for the Lady Saints to say the least in front of their home crowd Wednesday as three early errors had them down 4-1 in game one against the Pratt Lady Beavers. Seward would rebound and a kill from Aislyn Karney had them back to within one at 5-4 but a Pratt sideout and two straight hitting errors again had them in a four point hole 8-4. The Lady Saints would remain behind until the mid-point of the game when a Courtney Geesing kill got them to within one and a Pratt ball handling call tied things at 13. Just when it looked like the Lady Saints had things rolling back in the right direction, a 7-0 Beaver run thanks in part to sloppy Seward play, made the score 20-13 in favor of Pratt. Seward would get back to within four later on with the score 23-19 but a serve into the net forced a game point for the Beavers with the score 24-19. Another Geesing kill kept Seward alive and a block from Karney and Sarah Miller made it 24-21. An ace from Marina Dias got them one step closer and Geesing’s sixth kill of the game had them to within one at 24-23. Pratt had a chance to clinch but an attack went wide and the game was tied at 24. Karney then put Seward up one with a kill to give the Lady Saints game point and another Pratt hitting error would give the Lady Saints their seventh straight point to win 26-24 to take game one.
The Lady Saints took an early 5-3 lead in game two with a kill from Dias but Pratt would fight back, scoring the next seven to take a solid 10-5 lead on Seward. The Beaver lead would swell to 16-10 after Seward was called in the net and the lead reached seven on a Lady Saints hitting error to make it 18-11. Down by six, 19-13, Bailey McFerren would single handedly get three straight points for Seward with a kill and two solo blocks to make it 19-16 and a Geesing kill and a Pratt ball into the net later it was a one point contest 19-18. Seward would tie things up at 20 and another Geesing kill would give the Lady Saints their first lead since 5-4 at 21-20. The Beavs locked things up with a kill and the score would remain tied to 23-23. A Seward overpass gave the Beavers the lead back at 24-23 and a Lady Saints hitting error on Pratt’s game point sealed the match for the visitors 25-23 to tie things at 1.
Pratt jumped out to a lead in game three after two straight Seward miscommunications had the score 6-3. Still down by three, 9-6, Seward kicked things into gear to tie it at 9 and then took their first lead of the game at 10-9 on a well-placed dump by Dias. Seward remained up one though the middle of the game and with the score 14-13, got a block from Jasmine Bryant and McFerren to make it 15-13. They extended upon their lead later on with two kills from McFerren to make it 19-16 but troubles with the Pratt serve after a sideout would see the score even up at 20. Seward would snap out of it to take a 21-20 and then 22-20 lead before running off the next three points to win the game 25-20.
Up 2-1 and a chance at a home conference win in front of them, the Lady Saints stormed out to an 8-1 lead in game four. The Seward lead would shrink as Pratt pushed back but a Geesing kill would still have them up five at 12-7 midway through. The Lady Saints maintained their distance from the Beavers throughout the second half of the game and up four later on 20-16, would get three Geesing kills to wrap up the game for Seward 25-19 to win the match.
Yet another career night for Geesing would see her rack up 24 kills and 12 digs for her 8th double-double of the season while McFerren had her third double digit kill night in four chances with 11 and also led the team with 6 blocks in the win. Dias topped the 40 assist mark with 41 for the 4th time this year and was also the only Seward player with more than 1 ace in the match. Karney had 5 blocks and Miller had 4 in the win for Seward while Katie Marks had 11 digs for the gals in green.
The win improves the Lady Saints overall record to 18-7 on the season and they remain in 2nd place in the conference race at 7-2. Next up will be a match with Cloud County on Saturday at 2:00 on Dig Pink Day in the Greenhouse. Fans are asked to don their pinkest gear to the match in support of breast cancer awareness. Also on Saturday the Lady Saints will be hosting a free kids clinic from 10-11:30 and following the Lady Saints match with the Lady T-Birds will have their first Alumni Game at around 4:00.