The Seward County Community College volleyball team competed at the Hill College Labor Day Tournament last Friday and Saturday. The Lady Saints finished the tournament 2-2, defeating Panola College (30-23, 30-21) and Brookhaven College (20-30, 30-24, 15-7) and dropping matches to Midland College (25-30, 25-30) and Hill College 25-30, 30-25). The Lady Saints move to 5-4 overall this season and remain 0-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Seward County opened the tournament against Midland College, who last year competed in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Lady Saints dropped both matches in the best-to-of-three format. Sophomores Juliana Nascimento (.500 hitting percentage) and Janete Ferreira (10 kills) led the Lady Saints on offense while freshman setter, Alex Droogsma tallied 21 assists (11/game). Midland College improved to 3-2 overall with the victory.

The Lady Saints second match on Friday pitted them against the host program, Hill College. Hill got revenge on SCCC after dropping last year’s match to the Lady Saints. Hill defeated SCCC 25-30 and 25-30, as Seward County registered a .141 hitting percentage (24 kills-12 errors-85 attempts). The one bright spot for Seward County was the serving of freshman, Katy Troutman, who collected a career-high five aces. Troutman has posted an ace in 7-of-9 matches this season, giving her 15 total aces in 26 games played. Droogsma recorded back-to-back 20 plus assists matches with 21 assists against Hill College. Hill improved to 2-4 overall with the victory over SCCC.

Seward County got back on the winning track against previously unbeaten Panola College (7-1). The Lady Saints were crisp and played a solid match of volleyball committing just eight attack errors, three service errors, four receiving errors and two blocking errors. Six Lady Saints recorded a block with freshman middle blocker, Jennifer Noel, leading the team with four blocks. Ferreira led all players with seven kills and also chipped in three blocks.

The fourth and final match of the tournament saw Seward County avenge their game-one 30-20 loss, to come back and win game-two (30-24) and game-three (15-7) over Brookhaven College. Seward received a standout performance from Nascimento who tallied a team-high 11 kills with a .647 hitting percentage (11 kills-0 errors-17 attempts). Droogsma dished out 28 assists and Troutman led the way with six defensive digs. Brookhaven fell to 4-3 overall with the loss.

Seward County will use this week to prepare for the weekend tournament ahead in Henderson, Nevada, where they play Friday and Saturday, September 8-9 against Central Wyoming, Mt. Hood C.C., Salt Lake City C.C. and Arizona Western College at the Salt Lake City C.C. Tournament. Seward will play all four opponents on Friday before single-elimination bracket competition begins on Saturday.