Playing in their final regular season home match of their Seward County career’s, seven Lady Saints sophomores went out with a bang, notching a three game sweep over Northern Oklahoma-Enid. It wasn’t just the win that made it a big night for the Lady Saints second year players, it was the fact that each one made major contributions in the match.

Six of the seven sophs saw significant time in the victory while the seventh, Daiane Souza sat on the bench right next to Head Coach Bert Luallen and Assistant Coach Michelle Hayes and served almost as a second assistant for Seward in the win.
After a nice pre-game ceremony in which each Lady Saint sophomore was introduced with their family or host parents, the girls got down to action on the court and took an early 11-3 lead as they hammered the Lady Jets of Northern Oklahoma-Enid in a number of different ways including two early kills from Aislyn Karney and aces from Madison Winkelman and Salitza Abrantes. Seward would continue to build their lead and would go up by 10, 15-5 after the Lady Jets helped them out with a pair of errors. Northern Oklahoma would climb back into things and would cut the Seward lead to just 17-13 but three straight kills from Courtney Geeing and Karney put the Lady Saints back up big 20-13. Karney would continue her monster game with two more kills and Seward would cruise to the win 25-16 to take a 1-0 lead.
Northern Oklahoma would be the aggressor in game two and would take an early 5-2 lead on the Lady Saints after a slow start. Seward would come back to tie things at 5 on a solo block from Bailey McFerren and would go ahead on a kill from Geesing. The two teams stayed neck and neck until the midway point when they were all tied up at 12. From there the Lady Saints began to take control. Jasmine Bryant picked up a kill to give Seward a lead and block and then a kill from McFerren made it 15-12. As Seward started to heat up, they would begin to pull away and after three straight kills they would see themselves on top 20-14. With McFerren on the service line, the Lady Saints would close things out as the Seward freshman dished up a pair of aces in the last three points of the game to give the Lady Saints the win 25-15.
After the Lady Jets scored the first point of game three, the Lady Saints caught fire, scoring seven straight points from all different angles to go up 7-1. They would extend their lead to 11-3 after back to back kills from McFerren and Bryant and took a ten point lead 15-5 after Geesing hit the floor with two attack shots. A pair of Karney kills wrapped around to Seward service errors had the Lady Saints up 18-9 but just as the Lady Saints looked like they were going to coast to an easy win, Northern Oklahoma made a run to cut the Seward lead to 21-15. Seward would kick things back into gear and finish strong as Geesing picked up another kill and Lakeria Eatmon got one of her own to seal the 25-16 win to give the Lady Saints the sweep.
The Lady Saint sophomores shined in their final regular season home match in the green and white. Karney hit a career best .625 while hammering down 12 kills and picking up 3 blocks on the night. Geesing continued her stellar season, recording a match high 14 kills to go along with her 8 digs. Dias posted her 12th double-double on the season as she picked up 32 assists in 69 chances and also led the Lady Saints with 12 digs. Defensive specialists Winkelman and Katie Marks finished the night with a combined 16 digs and Abrantes had 5 digs and an ace in the win.
Seward’s overall record improves to 21-13 on the season while Northern Oklahoma-Enid falls to 10-17. With other action going on around the Jayhawk Conference last night, the Lady Saints locked up the #3 seed for the upcoming Region VI Tournament as Colby defeated Barton and their opponent has been set as Pratt fell in 5 to Dodge City to send the Lady Beavers to Liberal for the November 1st date. The Lady Saints will get a much needed weekend off before taking the court next Wednesday in Great Bend where they will take on the conference champion Barton Lady Cougars in the final game of the 2011 regular season.
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