The Seward County Community College volleyball team went 1-1 on Sunday and advanced to the final day of competition at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The No. 3 tournament seeded Lady Saints fell in their first match to No. 2 seed Hutchinson Community College 23-30, 28-30, 28-30, before fighting off elimination against No. 4 seed Garden City, with a come-from-behind victory 30-19, 28-30, 19-30, 30-25, 15-6. The Lady Saints (30-14) will again take on Hutchinson (25-16), who later lost to Barton County, on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m., with the winner facing No. 1 seed Barton County (36-7) in the Region VI Tournament championship match at 5 p.m. If the loser’s bracket winner (Hutchinson/Seward County) defeats Barton County in the first championship match, an “if needed” match will immediately follow.

In the first match against Hutchinson, Seward County started the first game down 5-10, after committing five early errors. The Lady Saints came back to take their only lead in the game, 13-12, after sophomore Katy Troutman tied the score at 12 with an ace, and freshman Dan Yang recorded one of her four kills in the first game. Hutch followed with 13 kills and capitalized on five additional errors by the Lady Saints.

In the second game, the Lady Saints led during 46 of the 56 serves that were tallied but weren’t able to hold off the Lady Blue Dragons who rallied late with the help of six Seward County errors in the final nine points that went to Hutchinson. Yang helped give the Lady Saints their largest lead of the game when she sparked SCCC with five straight kills giving the Lady Saints a 22-15 lead.

The third game went back and forth as neither team held more than a four point advantage. The Lady Blue Dragons closed out the match despite committing 10 errors in the final game. Seward County was led in the match against Hutchinson by Yang (23 kills), Jelena Simic (18 kills, 12 digs), Chelsea Myers (22 assists, six digs), Katy Troutman (18 digs, two aces) and Alex Droogsma (20 assists, nine digs).

Seward County then immediately played the Lady Broncbusters, who were defeated in their second round match by Barton County 30-26, 30-15, 30-17. The Lady Saints posted a game-one victory 30-19, with Yang leading the way with eight kills and Simic collecting four kills. Seward played well committing only three errors, and their offense was well-rounded with six players all collecting at least one kill (Yang, Simic, Droogsma, Myers, Jenna Ginest, Ami Wang).

A total of 19 errors were committed by both teams in the second game, while Garden City evened the match with a 30-28 win. Simic, who is currently in the top 10 in the NJCAA in total kills, led all players with nine kills in the second game.

Garden City took control of the match with a game three victory, 30-19, and needed to win just one more game to advance to the final day of Region VI Tournament. The Broncbusters dominated the third game with 17 kills, four blocks and three service aces. They used only six SCCC errors in the game three win.

The Lady Broncbusters weren’t able to carry their momentum into the final two games as Seward County posted two straight game victories to advance into the final day of competition. Yang led the Lady Saints in game-four recording 12 of her 32 kills for the match. Garden City committed 18 errors, compared the Lady Saints who posted just 12 during the final two games.

Seward County improves to 10-3 against Garden City since 2004, including a perfect 3-0 record during the post-season.