In a place where they rarely have sustained success, the Dodge City Gymnasium, the Seward County Lady Saints came out slow Wednesday night against the Lady Conquistadors after a week layoff from Jayhawk West competition. Tied 1-1 going into the intermission, Seward came out of the break a different team, taking right at the home team, winning the third set 25-14 and the fourth going away again 25-13 to secure a 3-1 victory and reach the .500 mark on the season for the first time.

It was a sloppy start to the first set for both teams as Seward didnít earn their first point until the eleventh point of the set on a kill from Thanya Silva to take a 6-5 lead. Seward continued to hold a slight lead 9-8 but trailed 12-10 after a rash of errors gave the Lady Conqs the advantage. Two more kills from Silva tied the set at 12 and a pair of Dodge errors gave the Lady Saints a 14-12 advantage. The sloppy play continued and the set was deadlocked at 19 after a Lady Saint attack went wide. A kill from setter Alyssa Olson broke the tie and a Dodge shot into the net made it 21-19 Lady Saints. Seward went up 24-21 and had set point twice before Dodge City made it 24-23. With the set on the line, the Lady Conqs sent another attack long and the Lady Saints breathed a sigh of relief with a 25-23 win. The teams combined for 30 errors in the set while totaling just 17 kills between them. While Dodge City snapped out of their rut in the second set, the Lady Saints continued their struggles. Tied at 5-5, Dodge City reeled off seven straight points, helped by three Seward reception errors, two attack errors, and a service error to take a 12-5 lead on the Lady Saints. Seward played catch-up the rest of the way, drawing to within four at 17-13 before a 4-1 Lady Conq run opened the lead back up to 21-14. The Lady Saints never got closer to that and Dodge took the set 25-17 to even the match at 1-1 as the teams went to the locker rooms for intermission. At first it didnít look as if the break was going to benefit the gals in green as ten points into the third, they once again were without an earned point of their own, but still managed to remain deadlocked at 5-5. Bailey McFerren got a kill in the middle and it seemed to spark the Lady Saints as they went on their first real mini-run of the match to take an 11-7 lead. Kills from Rachael Coleman and Morgan Riley put Seward up 13-8 and a block from the pair put the Lady Saints out in front 14-8 before a Dodge timeout. Two Seward errors later on brought the Lady Conqs to within three at 16-13 but from there on it was the Silva/McFerren show for the Lady Saints. Silva smashed three straight attacks to the hardwood to put Seward up 19-13 and McFerren finished the set with three more kills as the Lady Saints dominated the last ten points to win 25-14. After falling behind 2-0 quickly in the fourth, two kills from Coleman and another from Aubree Young sparked a 5-0 run to put the Lady Saints up 5-2. It was 10-7 midway through the set when Seward scored three straight on kills from McFerren and Riley on slides to go ahead 12-7. A service error gave Dodge City a sideout and they picked up a kill to bring it back to a three point set 12-9. Seward scored ten of the next eleven points to blow things open and take a 22-10 lead and a kill from Silva gave them match point at 24-13 before a Dodge attack went into the net to finish things off and give the Lady Saints a 25-13 win in the fourth to take it 3-1.
The Lady Saints pull to an even 8-8 on the season despite their slow start with the win. They improve their Jayhawk West Conference mark to an impressive 5-1, just Ĺ game back of frontrunner Hutchinson. Seward will pack their bags once again and hit the road on Friday as they make the long trip to the Wyo-Braska Shootout where they will take on the likes of Laramie County and #13 Western Wyoming on Friday and Eastern and Central Wyoming on Saturday.