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Seward Drops Hard Fought Matches in Vegas

Brock Kappelmann - September 9, 2022 10:34 pm

Kenny Hernandez

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Seward County Community College fell to No. 9 Utah State Eastern 3-1 in their final match on Friday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lady Saints jumped out to win the first set 25- 14 but fell in the next three sets 25-23, 25-16, and 25-18. Seward County falls to 12-4 on the year and will be back in action tomorrow at noon against Pima Community College, followed by Arizona Western at 4 PM CT. Seward county will look to bounce back in the invitation as they are 1-2 so far in sin city.

In the first set, the Lady Saints were tied up with the Eagles 3-3. Seward County stretched their lead into a 12-9 advantage over Utah State Eastern. Seward County dominated in the first set, 20-13, over Utah State Eastern. The Lady Saints went on to win the first set 25-14 and took a 1-0 match lead over the Eagles.

Seward County started the second set down 7-6 and looked to get back in front. The Lady Saints and the Eagles traded off points and found themselves tied at 18. Seward County trailed 20-19, and the Eagles went on to win the set 25-23.

Early in the third set, the Eagles jumped to a 7-1 lead over the Lady Saints. Seward County battles back to trail 11-6. Seward County fell behind after a 9-4 run by Utah State Eastern, 20-10. After a late surge by the Lady Saints, the Eagles won the third set 25-16.

In the fourth set, Seward County fell behind early 13-7 and looked to battle back. The Eagles extended their lead over Seward County 21-14. Seward County fell in the fourth set 25-18 as Utah State Eastern won the match 3-1.

Seward County will conclude the Coyote invite tomorrow with Pima at noon, followed by Arizona Western at 4 PM CT.


LIBERAL, Kan. – Seward County Community College battles with the No. 1 team in the NJCAA from Florida Southwestern but falls short 3-1. The Lady Saints won the first set 25-20 but fell in the next three sets 25-8, 25-20, and 31-29. The Lady Saints will be back in action at 5 PM CT against No. 9 Utah State Eastern.

To start the match, the Lady Saints came out with energy and power as they took an early lead of 7-4 over Florida Southwestern in the 1st set. With the momentum, Seward County propelled themselves to a 17-10 advantage after a 10-6 run. The Bucs stormed back with an 8-2 spurt to cut the Lady Saints’ lead down 19-18, forcing a Seward County timeout. After the timeout, Seward County finished the set on a 6-2 run to take the set 25-20.

This was only the second set that the Bucs have lost all season, and they returned with a vengeance in the second set. Seward County called a timeout as Florida Southwestern had a 12-4 second set advantage over the Lady Saints. The Bucs’ run continued as they went on a 10-4 run to lead the Lady Saints 22-8. Seward County and Florida Southwestern were tied at a set a piece after a Bucs second set victory, 25-8.

In the third set, the Bucs continued to roll as they led 9-3 over Seward county early and went down 16-8 after exchanging points. Once again, Seward County could not climb out of the deficit as Florida Southwestern won the third set 25-15 to take a 2-1 match lead.

The Lady Saints looked to even up the match and responded with three straight points to start the fourth set and forced the Bucs into a timeout. Seward County continued to fight against the No. 1 team and led 13-7 after a 7-1 run with attacks from the middle hitters. The Lady Saints continued to lead, but the Bucs fought back as Seward County’s lead dwindled to 20-16 late in the fourth set.

The match was tied at 24-24, with the next points the most important of the match. The Lady Saints continued to battle and had it tied at 29, but the Bucs would win the set, 31-29, and took the match 3-1.

Ana Cambraia led the Lady Saints with 13 kills and a .308 hitting percentage with four block assists, and Seyun Park added 10 kills. Jessica Sales and Logan Dodge both provided two service aces a piece.

Seward County falls to 12-3 on the year and will be back in action this afternoon at 5 PM CT against No. 9 Utah State Eastern.


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