Saturday in the Greenhouse had all of the action packed into it that a sports fan could want. The day started with a kidís clinic in which Seward County Volleyball players assisted some 50 youngsters in improving their skills and then watching the Lady Saints in action in a modified scrimmage followed by autographs. Then it was time for the Lady Saints annual dig pink match for breast cancer awareness against Cloud County and in front of a spiritual crowd, Seward took down the Lady T-Birds in three. The day finished with the Lady Saints 1st annual alumni game

in which some former Seward County players showed they still had it with a pair of competitive games against Lady Saints players and staff.
Seward got off to a good start in their pink jerseys against the Lady T-Birds. Kills from Courtney Geesing and Jasmine Bryant and a pair of blocks from Aislyn Karney and Bailey McFerren had them on top 4-2 in game one. The Lady Saints started to open things up and midway through led 14-7 on a block from Sarah Miller. Up 16-10 Seward looked to have things under control but a furious rally from Cloud County dried up the Lady Saints lead and the Lady T-Birds would take a lead of their own at 17-16. Karney and McFerren combined for their fourth block of the game to tie things at 17 and two kills each from McFerren and Aubree Young put them back in front comfortably 22-17. A pair of Cloud errors would finish them off in game one as Seward would go on to take game one 25-18.
In the second game the Lady Saints would again take an early advantage over the visitors from Concordia. After breaking an early 3-3 tie on a kill from Karney, Seward would not be able to advance their lead further, but would continued to hold a one point lead to 10-9. Two kills off the right hand of Geesing and then an ace from the Seward sophomore put them up 14-10 before a string of Cloud errors had the Lady Saints up big 19-12. The Lady Saints lead would shrink to 22-18 before they snapped back into action and got late kills from Karney and Geesing to wrap things up with a 25-20 win.
Following the second set the Lady Saints alumni that were there for the day were brought down to the court and re-introduced to a crowd full of smiles happy to see their former Seward players. Then it was the current teams turn to do a little bit of work. Along with their dig pink day festivities, the Lady Saints went into the stands to help collect money for breast cancer research, an adventure that brought them $225 to donate to help the cause.
When it was back to action on the court, the Lady Saints and Lady T-Birds were tightly matched. It was Seward that hurt itself early on as Cloud had earned just one point through the first 14 of the game but found itself tied with the Lady Saints 7-7 after a rash of Seward errors. Back and forth the game went and remained tied midway through at 12-12. Then it was the Lady Saints that began to take control, getting a block from McFerren and Young to take the lead and an ace from Marina Dias later on to go up 18-16. Up 19-16 after getting the next point, Seward would fall flat, giving up seven straight points to Cloud and quickly found themselves in a 23-19 hole. A kill from Young broke the T-Bird run and back to back errors from Cloud made it a one point game 23-22. A solo block on the outside from Karney tied things up at 23 but a Seward service error gave Cloud game point at 24-23. Young would help Seward stay alive with another kill to tie it at 24 and the teams would trade points one for one until the game was knotted at 27. Miller would get a kill to give the Lady Saints a match point with the score 28-27, but Seward would be unable to convert on that chance or their next one and the game was again tied at 29. The Lady Saints would again be pushed to the limit as Cloud scored to make it 30-29 but a solo block from Miller tied things up at 30-30. A kill from Geesing gave the Lady Saints another shot at match point and this time they didnít let it go as one of the nationís top blocks came up big once again, sending back a Cloud attack to win 32-30.
Young led the Seward charge with her first career double-double, notching a career high 10 kills to go along with 10 digs on the defensive end of things. Geesing led the Lady Saints yet again with 13 kills in the Seward win while the Lady Saints block was near impenetrable once again as McFerren finished with 7 blocks, Karney 6, and Miller 5. Dias connected on 30 of 75 set attempts and Madison Winkelman led the Seward backline with 12 digs.
Seward improved their overall record to 19-7 on the season and they get one win closer to clinching a home playoff match with an 8-2 conference mark. They will hit the road for a rare Monday night affair in Colby in a match that pits the 2nd place Lady Saints against the 3rd place Lady Trojans.