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Seward Begins the Season Ranked 17th
08/10/2010
 

Coming off of a Jayhawk West Conference Championship in

2009 and led into the 2010 campaign with the top returning player in the

conference, the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team has been

ranked 17th in the NJCAA Pre-Season Top 25 poll to open the 2010 season.

Seward returns just three players off of last season's

26-11 team that reached as high as #9 in the polls at one point.

However, the Lady Saints have high expectations as all three of those

returning sophomores played a significant role on last year's

championship team. Sheina Fernandes returns in the middle after being

named Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009 and should be

the early favorite for Conference Player of the Year honors as the

season begins. Maddy Taylor stepped ahead of the pack at the setting

position late during the 2009 campaign and comes back as one of the top

sophomores setters in the league this season. Stacie Carver played in

89 games last season and will be looked upon to provide a strong block

on the right side for the Lady Saints this season.

With just the three returners this season, a lot will be

expected from the nine newcomers for the Lady Saints in 2010. Head

Coach Bert Luallen will hope to get good production out of Brazilian's

Daiane Souza and Isabella Silva as well as all-around talent Courtney

Geesing on the outside as they try to fill the footsteps of a pair of

departed All-Conference hitters from last year's squad. Jade Greene and

Aislyn Karney come into camp as the only 6 footers on the roster and

should give Seward a strong block in the middle to go along with

Fernandes. Jordan Martin and Shelly Malouff will compete for playing

time at the setter position and will be one of the keys to Seward's

success this year. One of the Lady Saints strengths this season should

be at the Libero/Defensive Specialist position where Madison Winkelman

and Katie Marks give Seward a strong presence in Bert Luallen's most

stressed facet of the game, back line defense.

The Lady Saints are joined by the Pratt Lady Beavers

from the Jayhawk West Conference in the top 25 as they check in at #14

while 10 other teams likely to cross paths with Seward this year are

also on the list. The gals in green will take the court for the first

time against outside competition August 21st when they will head down to

Goodwell, Oklahoma where they will square off with host OPSU and a

number of other junior college squads from around the region. Their

first contest for keeps will come August 27th in the Lamar Kick-Off

Classic where they look to defend their 2009 tournament title starting

with Trinidad State at 12:00.

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