They didnít do it the pretty way, but the Seward County Lady Saints got it done Wednesday night in Garden City. Seward let the Lady Busters hang around in game one, winning 25-18 and had a fight on their hands in game two, trailing late before coming back to beat winless Garden just 25-22. In game three the Lady Saints locked things in and rolled to a 25-11 win to sweep the match and win their 20th of the season.

With the win, Seward clinches a home playoff match in the 1st round of the Region VI Tournament on November 1st.
The Lady Saints would open the match by taking a 5-2 lead on a kill from Courtney Geesing but the Lady Busters would not let Seward run away with the match right away. They would remain close early on and Seward led just 8-5 after an attack sailed long. The Lady Saints would get the next three points to go up 11-5 but three straight errors moments later would keep Garden close with the score just 13-11. Seward was never able to completely shake free of striking distance of the Lady Busters in game one as Garden hung around until late when a pair of Aubree Young kills sealed the match to give them a 25-18 win.
Game two did not follow the script of the 2nd place team in the conference against the 8th place squad. It was Garden City that jumped on top of Seward early on and held a 9-6 lead after a Seward hitting error into the net. Following a timeout in which the Lady Saints got a stern talking to from their Head Coach, they responded by scoring eight straight points, helped by kills from Aislyn Karney, Sarah Miller, and Young to make it 14-9. Just when it looked like Seward was going to roll to another easy win, a serve into the net would give Garden the ball back and then it was their turn to go on a spree of their own. The Lady Busters would score seven of the next nine points, thanks in part to six Lady Saints errors, to tie the game at 16 and put Seward on their heels. The teams would go back and forth and the Lady Saints actually found themselves in a 19-18 hole late in the contest. They would snap out of it to get the next three points to go back ahead 21-19 but Garden would close to one at 23-22 on a tip to make it a game. A Geesing kill would give the Lady Saints game point up 24-22 and an ace from Madison Winkelman would finish things off 25-22 as Seward escaped with the victory.
The final game of the night would go a little bit more as planned as after playing tight early, Seward pushed out to a 13-4 lead thanks to a great start from Young who had four kills on four chances. The Lady Saints lead would swell rapidly and they led 20-7 after an ace from Katie Marks. Two kills from Geesing and another from Bailey McFerren down the stretch would give Seward the 25-11 win and they would take the match 3-0.
Although the Seward block, which is amongst the nationís leaders, was slowed against the Garden City style offense, the Lady Saints offense put together a .338 hitting percentage as a team in the match, their second highest total of the season. Young and Geesing shared the team lead with 10 kills each while Young had 8 digs and Geesing had a team high 11, good for her 11th double-double of the year. Karney finished with 7 kills and 3 blocks for the Lady Saints and McFerren also had 7 kills on the night. Marina Dias dished out 24 assists in the win and Miller had a team high 5 blocks for Seward.
The win gives the Lady Saints their 20th win on the year, giving them 20 or more victories for the 21st consecutive season. Seward is now 9-3 in Jayhawk West Conference action which puts them in 2nd place all by themselves after a Colby loss to Dodge City and a Hutchinson loss to Barton Wednesday night. The win clinches a home playoff match for the Lady Saints, guaranteeing that they will finish in the top 4 of the conference standings. Next up for the gals in green is a long trip to West Plains, Missouri where they will take on a quartet of talented teams on Friday and Saturday including #19 Barton, #16 Missouri State-West Plains, #17 Wallace State-Hanceville, and previously ranked Jefferson.
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