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Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:48

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Viviane Viana (13) and Erica Ferreira (4) listen to coach Thais Baziquetto-Allen Wednesday during a time out. The Lady Saints cruised to a 6-0 start to the season with a three-set sweep over Garden City. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

The 11th ranked 11th ranked Lady Saints looked like one of the best teams in the country Wednesday in their first home match of the season. The Lady Saints crushed Garden City in three straight sets to remain perfect on the season at 6-0.

After a nine-day lay-off, the Lady Saints played like a team that wanted to get back on the court, burying the Broncbusters in the first set 25-12 before a crushing second set victory, 25-6.

Seward coach Thais Baziquetto-Allen cleared the bench in the third set, and after a temporary battle kept Garden City close at 11-11, the Lady Saints ran away down the stretch, earning a 25-19 win to sweep the match.

The win was a good way to start September since Seward will be heading to Odessa Friday and will have a rematch of their toughest match of the season.

“It’s a different break in volleyball,” Baziquetto-Allen said. “We will have a tough September. We had five days of practice and now we will play, play, play. Half of their points came out of our services, but we had tons of aces. We want to serve tough but not miss it. We can’t run if we miss our serves.”

After playing five matches on the road, Baziquetto-Allen was glad to play on her own court.

“We had a great crowd,” she said. “I love playing in the Greenhouse. We worked hard in this gym on this court.”

Now, the Lady Saints face ranked competitors at the next three tournaments.

“In Odessa, we have a couple teams  that went to the national tournament,” Baziquetto-Allen said. “It will be good, it is like our first tournament. We played our best game that weekend. We went five with Odessa. They will be coming for us.”

The Lady Saints climb to No. 11 is not intimidating, either.

“Being nationally recognized is just a step,” Baziquetto-Alen said. “ We have already set the bar high for ourselves.” 

 

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