June 24th, 2019

sccc at dcBy IAN APPLEGATE

Seward sports information director

The No. 11 Seward County volleyball pulled off a sweep of their rival, Hutchinson Saturday night in the Greenhouse and traveled to Dodge City Monday and earned a secon-straight sweep. 

Seward knocked off Hutch winning in straight sets, 25-9, 25-19, 25-21. The win pushes Seward to 20-5 overall and 9-0 in the conference. The 20 wins marks the 25th straight season that the Lady Saints have won at least 20 matches.

After trailing 3-2 to begin the first set, the Lady Saints put their foot on the gas winning the next eight points, starting with a Luz Sierra kill. Hutchinson ended the run with a kill, but Seward didn’t let up, winning the next five points to take a double-digit lead at 15-4. Seeing the end in sight, the offensive attack of the No. 11 squad put the set away, coming up with five kills and an ace over the next ten Seward points to win the first set 25-9. The Lady Saints were nearly perfect in the first set, hitting an unfathomable .591, with just one attacking error off 22 attempts.

There appeared to be some déjà vu to begin the second set, as the Blue Dragons took a 3-2 lead, but Seward answered with a run to take command of the set 7-3. The Blue Dragons prevented the set from getting out of hand, cutting into the Lady Saints lead midway to make it just a two-point game at 17-15. Hutch would be unable to get any closer as the Lady Saints put the Blue Dragons away 25-19 to take a two-set lead. 

Trying to prevent being swept by a rival, the Blue Dragons gave Seward everything they had in Set 3. The score stayed tied until both teams held 14 points. Two kills by Djuly Schmorantz and a block by Giovanna Tapigliani gave Seward their largest lead of the set and allowed some breathing room. After taking a 23-18 lead, Seward came away with three consecutive blocking errors to give the Blue Dragons some a little life, forcing the Lady Saints to take a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Lady Saints wasted no time putting an end to the Hutchinson momentum, ending the set with back-to-back Schmorantz kills to win 25-21 and complete the sweep of the Blue Dragons.

Schmorantz (13 kills) and Tapigliani (10 kills) led the Lady Saints offensive attack, while Sierra added 10 points off eight kills and two blocks. As a team, Seward hit a combined .386 with 42 kills coming off 83 swings.

Sophomore libero Nathiellen Machado stood strong on defense, finishing with a team-high 15 digs. Tapigliani came up two digs short of a double-double, finishing with eight.

Seward County won their third straight match from a sweep, defeating the Dodge City Conquistadors in straight sets Monday, 25-14, 25-11, 25-17. Seward moved to 21-5 overall while staying a perfect 10-0 in Jayhawk Conference play.

After a tight start to the first set, Giovanna Tapigliani came up with back-to-back kills as the Lady Saint took a 7-4 lead. The Conquistadors fought back to cut the Seward lead to one at 13-12, but a 7-0 run by the Lady Saints forced two timeouts by Dodge City. The timeouts came too late as the Lady Saints went on to win the first set 25-14.

 The momentum from the first set carried over to the second as the Lady Saints began on a 10-1 run. Seward’s lead quickly ballooned to double-digits as they downed the Conqs in set two 25-11. The Lady Saints hit .579 in the second set, coming away with 13 kills in just 19 attempts.

 After taking a 6-4 lead to begin the first set, the Conqs went on t a 3-0 run to take their first lead of the match. The lead didn’t last long for Dodge City though, as the Lady Saints retook the lead just a few points later, while going scoring seven straight points to go up 14-8 to force a Conqs timeout. Seward continued to pour it on the Conqs, winning the third set 25-17 to complete the sweep.

 Seward finished with 34 kills on the match, led by Tapigliani’s 11. Eight Lady Saints finished with at least one kill. Djuly Schmorantz (6 kills), Luz Sierra (7 kills) and Dorianne Lebron (5 kills) each finished with at least five kills. Celenia De Leon ad Laura De Pra split time setting, finishing with 13 assists and 15 assists, respectively.

 Defensivley, the Lady Saints came away with eight blocks, led by Lebron’s four. Seven Lady Saints came away with at least one block. Schmorantz led the Lady Saints with ten digs.

Seward will be back in the Greenhouse Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when they host the Barton Cougars for a Jayhawk West matchup.

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