With their crowd decked out in pink for their annual “Dig Pink Night” for breast cancer awareness, the Seward County Lady Saints not only took care of business on the court with a 3-0 win over the visiting Clarendon Bulldogs, but the Lady Saints also helped continue a winning battle for breast cancer awareness, raising $355 from donations from fans to help combat the disease.

Stepping out of a busy Jayhawk West Conference schedule Friday night, the Lady Saints had trouble getting things going in the first set against their visitors from Clarendon. Seward trailed until they tied the set at 5 with a kill from Bailey McFerren but three straight Clarendon points had Seward down 8-5 moments later. That’s when the Lady Saints flipped on the light switch and went on a run, a big run. After a Clarendon attack error, McFerren and Annelise Sanchez took turns smashing attacks to the floor for the nest six points, each of them picking up three kills to put Seward up 12-8. An ace from Thayna Silva finished an 8-0 run for the Lady Saints that put them on top 13-8. It was smooth sailing from there on out for the gals in green as Sanchez added two more kills and Silva four others to push Seward to a 25-14 first set win.

The second set mirrored the first in the fact that the Lady Saints again had trouble getting things going. The set was tied at 5 before Sanchez and McFerren kills pushed them in front 7-5. With the score 10-7, Lady Saints setter Alyssa Olson got in on the action, picking up a kill on a dump to the middle of the Clarendon defense followed by two aces to stake Seward out to a 13-7 lead. They continued to hold the six point advantage to 16-10 when they seemed to hit a brick wall. The Lady Saints gave up seven straight points, four of them on self-inflicted errors and all of a sudden they found themselves behind 17-16. They got out of the rut and managed to tie the set up at 20 later on, before a trio of kills from Lakeria Eatmon pushed them out to a 23-20 lead. Clarendon got as close as 24-23 by the end of the set before Morgan Riley finished things with a bullet down the line to win the set 25-23 for the Lady Saints.

The teams went back and forth early in the third set, neither taking more than a one point lead until a kill from Olson put Seward up 10-8. The Lady Bulldogs fought back, scoring six of the next seven points to take their largest lead of the match at 14-11 before the Lady Saints made their run and tied things at 15 later on. They once again went tit for tat to 18-18 when a solo block from Sanchez started a 4-0 Seward burst to put them in front 22-18. After an attack error, the Lady Saints got kills from Olson and Sanchez to push things to match point with the Lady Saints ahead 24-19 and after being called in the net to make it 24-20, Seward went back to Riley, who rocketed another kill through the Clarendon defense to win the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.

Sanchez led a balanced Seward County attack in the win, notching 14 kills in 33 chances while McFerren finished second on the team with 9 for the Lady Saints. Silva pitched in 8 kills and 17 digs for the Lady Saints and libero Jasmine Bryant posted a career high 22 digs in the victory.

Not only did the Lady Saints win the match against Clarendon, but they also helped raise $355 for a very special cause Friday night. The $355 that the Seward County players and coaches raised will go directly to the Side Out Foundation, helping promote breast cancer awareness and funding breast cancer research.

The win pushed the Lady Saints closer to the .500 mark on the season at 13-14 overall, which is the record they took into their Jayhawk West tilt with Colby on Saturday.