The Seward County Community College volleyball team is hosting the SCCC Invitational Tournament this weekend at the Green House in Liberal, Kan. In their opening match, the Lady Saints dropped a three-game contest to No. 1 ranked Western Nebraska Community College 19-30, 12-30 and 19-30, in the final match of the first day of competition. Western Nebraska was too much for the Lady Saints as they improved their overall record to 40-1 this season. Seward County falls to 15-18 overall this season. The Lady Cougars won both of their matches on Friday as they knocked off Barton County C.C. 30-14, 30-25 and 30-17 earlier on Friday.



The Lady Saints grabbed an early lead from the No. 1 ranked Lady Cougars in game-one, but midway through the first game, Western Nebraska proved why they are the top team in the nation and defeated SCCC 30-19.

Western Nebraska controlled the next two games as the cruised to a three-game match victory on the home court of the Lady Saints.

Seward County will be back in action on Saturday, October 14, as they play No. 7 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (24-3) at 1:00 p.m. and they will play the final match of the SCCC Invitational tomorrow night against Midland College (24-11) at 5:00 p.m.

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SCCC INVITATIONAL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

No. 1 Western Nebraska (40-1) shined in the first day of competition as they defeated Barton County and Seward County, both in three-games. The Lady Cougars received impressive performances from NJCAA Pre-Season First Team All-American, Bianca Rivera, and also from outside hitter, Leticia Kuhn, and middle hitter, Barbara Freitas.

No. 7 Arkansas-Fort Smith (24-3) was also successful in their first day at the Green House defeating Midland College (28-30, 30-20, 30-24, 30-27) and Hutchinson C.C. (30-26, 24-30, 30-18, 32-30). 2005 Second Team NJCAA All-American, Camilla Pagnan, paced the Lady Lions in their two victories on Friday.

No. 9 Hutchinson (14-9) played only one match against Arkansas-Fort Smith. The Lady Blue Dragons were defeated in four games against Arkansas-Fort Smith. The Lady Blue Dragons won game-two, but were edged out in the match by a highly talented UA-Fort Smith team. Hutchinson was led by freshman middle hitter, Ludmila Amaral, and 2005 Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year, Brandi Hood.

Midland College (24-11) suffered two losses on Friday against UA-Fort Smith (30-28, 20-30, 24-30, 27-30) and Barton County C.C. (21-30, 30-28, 24-30, 29-31). Lady Chaparrals Pre-Season NJCAA Third Team All-American, Christina Estebane, was one of the top players at the Green House on Friday. Estebane showcased her powerful jump serve and athleticism on the court in both Midland College matches.

Barton County (28-7) dropped their first match to Western Nebraska (14-30, 25-30, 17-30) and won their last match in the Invitational against Midland (30-21, 28-30, 30-24, 31-29). Barton played Seward County in a match yesterday and picked up the Jayhawk West Conference win before playing two matches on Friday afternoon. Barton County was led by sophomore middle hitter, Mayne Pegorari, in their only day of competition at the SCCC Invitational.