The Seward County Community College volleyball team received a No. 12 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Top 20 ranking on Wednesday, which is their highest ranking since 2003 when the Lady Saints were ranked No. 11. Seward County moved up two spots in the poll following a perfect 6-0 week where they defeated conference foe Garden City in three games and won the Midland College Tournament with an impressive 5-0 mark. The No. 12 ranking is also the highest ranking the Lady Saints have received while under the guidance of third year head coach Bert Luallen. Seward County has now been ranked in eight polls during Luallen’s tenure.

The Jayhawk West Conference is highlighted by three of its elite programs in the Top 20 poll. Barton County Community College (22-5) is the highest ranked Kansas program at No. 9, Seward County (24-5) is next at No. 12 and Hutchinson Community College (19-11) was ranked No. 16 this week.

Seward County freshman Dan Yang is currently leading the nation in total kills (577) and ranks second in the country in kills per game (6.01). Freshman outside hitter Jelena Simic is third in the NJCAA in total kills (409) and she is 19th in the nation in aces (53).

Other Lady Saints ranked in the Top 25 nationally in statistical categories are: Katy Troutman (11th in digs, 407), Alex Droogsma (20th in assists, 658) and Chelsea Myers (23rd in assists, 617).