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Seward Splits Opening Day in Roswell

Brock Kappelmann - August 21, 2021 7:22 am

#14 Seward lost to New Mexico Military 3-0 but beat #15 Salt Lake 3-1 Friday at New Mexico Military in Roswell Friday.  Here are the game stories from Seward sports information director Kenny Hernandez.

Roswell, NM – The Seward County Community College volleyball team picks up their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Salt Lake Community College. Seward County won with the final set scores of 25-19, 12-25, 25-22, and 25-21. The Lady Saints split their first day of action at New Mexico Military Institute and will look to build on their success with two more matches against Pima and Snow on Saturday.

To start the match the Lady Saints already looked more relaxed and comfortable compared to their morning match. Seward County came out and took an 8-5 lead over the Bruins but SLCC responded to keep it close but the Lady Saints still led 11-10. Later in the first set, the teams would be tied at 17 all and the Lady Saints ended the set on a 8-2 run to win the first set 25-19.

In the second set, it was the Bruins who took control early and led the Lady saints 10-4 that forced Head Coach Geno Frugoli to call a timeout and regroup. Unfortunately, SLCC had built a large enough lead to hold off Seward County for the remainder of the set. The Bruins won the second set 25-12 and tied the match at one set apiece.

Early in the third set, the Bruins held a 6-4 lead but the Lady Saints rallied six straight points to take the lead 10-6. Seward County held on to their lead throughout the third set and later led 19-15 before winning the set 25-22.

To start the fourth set Seward County won the first six points and forced the Bruins to use an early timeout. The team continued to dominate in the middle with blocks and quick attacks that caught SLCC off guard. The Bruins roared back late in the set but the Lady Saints still held a 16-13 advantage. Calm, cool, and collected Seward County won the fourth set 25-21 to win their first match of the season.

The Lady Saints will look to build off of their win against SLCC as they compete on day two of the NMMI Invitational Saturday at 11 AM CT against Pima Community College. For match day information go to SewardSaints.com.

 

ROSWELL, NM – Seward County Community College fell in their first match of the season in straight sets to New Mexico Military Institute. The No. 14 Lady Saints were unable to win a set in their first match as they lost with set scores 25-18, 25-18, and 25-13.

Seward County trailed to start the match as NMMI led 5-1 in the first set and Coach Geno Frugoli called a timeout after trailing 12-6. The Broncos went on an 8-4 run to jump out to a 20-10 lead but the Lady Saints responded with an 8-3 run of their own to get the match back to a five-point game 23-18. Unfortunately, Seward County did not score in the remainder of the points to lose the first set 25-18.

In the second set, the Lady Saints found themselves once again in a similar position as they trailed 4-1 to the Broncos. After a couple of positive offensive sets and a kill by Skylar Wyllie put Seward County down by one at 9-8. The Broncos responded with a 4-1 run to have a 13-9 advantage and Head coach Geno Frugoli called timeout to get the team back online. With the support of their home crowd, the Broncos continued to thrive and took the second set 25-18.

For the third set Coach Frugoli rotated some new faces into the line-up to see if that would reenergize the Lady Saints. The Broncos continued to start the set with a lead as they took an 11-5 advantage over the Lady Saints. Both teams went point for point with NMMI’s lead at 18-11. Seward County got outscored 7-2 in the final points of the match as the Broncos won the third set 25-13 to take the match.

The Lady Saints will look to bounce back in the final match of the evening as they take on Salt Lake Community College at 6 PM CT in Roswell. For the live stream go to SewardSaints.com.

 

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