The No. 3 seeded Seward County Community College volleyball team finished their season on Monday with a four game match loss to No. 2 seed Hutchinson Community College 30-27, 18-30, 17-30, 17-30 in the losers brackets final at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Sports Arena. The Lady Saints started the match winning the first game, but were dominated in the following three games in their fourth loss to the Lady Blue Dragons this season. Hutchinson (26-15), the defending three-time Region VI champion, advanced to the Region VI Championship match and lost to No. 1 seed Barton County C.C. on Monday evening. Barton County will represent the Region VI at the NJCAA National Tournament, Nov. 15-17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Lady Saints finish their season with a 30-15 overall record. Seward County’s 30 victories rank 10th all-time in Seward County history for most wins in a single-season.

The match pitted the Lady Saints verses the Lady Blue Dragons, which was a re-match from last season’s Region VI Tournament championship match. Seward County grabbed an 8-7 lead in the first game following a Hutchinson hitting error, and was able to hold the lead for the remainder of the match.

Seward County registered 17 kills in the first game and was led by Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player Dan Yang’s seven kills and two aces. Yang led the Lady Saints with 24 kills in the match.

The second game started out with Hutchinson grabbing an 8-4 lead. Seward County rallied to tie the score 8-8, after a kill from Yang, two aces from sophomore Alex Droogsma and one Lady Blue Dragon hitting error. Hutchinson finished the game on a 22-9 run evening the match at 1-1.

The Lady Blue Dragons took over the match in the third and fourth games recording 34 kills with just 11 errors, compared to Seward County who posted 20 kills and 14 errors in the final two games of the match. Hutchinson also held Seward County’s First Team All-Conference outside hitter, Jelena Simic, to only one kill in the final two games.

Seward County falls to 0-13 against Hutchinson since 2004. The last time Seward County defeated Hutchinson was in a Jayhawk West Conference match during the 2003 regular season.