By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
With a large crowd in attendance and many future volleyball players watching, the Lady Saints preserved their No. 18 national ranking with a four-set victory over Colby Wednesday in the Green House.
Seward easily took the first game 25-16 before dropping Game 2 14-25. After a brief intermission where the Kids Inc. teams were recognized, the Lady Saints returned to the court and won the next two games, 25-18, 25-17, to win the match and move to 5-0 on the season.
Colby pushed the Lady Saints in the second game of the match, and Seward struggled to regain momentum.
“Volleyball is played between the left and right ears,” Seward coach Bert Luallen said. “You have to play with heart and be mentally focused. We came out the first game with a good win, but with the number of freshmen we have, we came out the second game overconfident and let our guard down. We went flat and didn’t recover.”
With the match tied 1-1, the teams headed to the locker rooms while the Kids Inc. volleyball teams were recognized, and Luallen’s team did not lose sight of the opportunity they had to shine in front of a large crowd.
Sophomore Madison Winkelman told the team at the break that there was a large crowd that came to watch the Lady Saints win, and they needed to put on a show.
In the next two games, that’s exactly what Seward County did.
Seward jumped out with purpose in the next two games, and drove the ball hard at Colby. The key was their ability to finish off the Lady Trojans once the Lady Saints had a lead late in the game.
Will that be a trend?
Luallen wasn’t ready to say.
“It’s too early to tell,” he said. “We still have to get our timing down. I like what I see, but we still have work to do offensively and defensively. But it’s nice to be 5-0.”
The Lady Saints were able to enjoy the victory by signing autographs after the game.
The Lady Saints will travel to Vernon, Texas, Friday and Saturday for a four-game Labor Day Classic. Seward will face Tyler, North Central Texas, Fort Scott and Brookhaven. Seward returns home Sept. 12.