Southwest Lady Trojans capture Volleyfest title

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Southwest High School volleyball team completed a nearly perfect week by capturing its second straight Volleyfest Tourney championship this past weekend.

The Lady Trojans downed Cassville 25-20, 25-16 in the championship match. Meagan Colf and Summer Stephens had eight kills each, and Kayla Ferguson added 17 assists in the title match.

Colf, a senior middle blocker, had 36 kills and five blocks and was voted the tourney's Most Valuable Player. Stephens (25 kills) and Ferguson (70 assists) were named to the All-Tourney team.

"It's always tougher to repeat anything," said Southwest Coach Steve Voyak. "Except for a few lapses, the girls played really well and deserved the first place trophy."

After finishing first in their respective pools, Southwest and Cassville won semi-final matches over Blue Eye and Shiloh Christian (Ark.). The Lady Trojans downed Blue Eye 25-14, 25-16 as Jennifer Finuf had six kills and a block. Cassville rallied to beat Shiloh in three sets in the other semi-final. Abby Munoz, who was named to the All-Tourney team, had nine service points for the Cats, who won four straight matches before losing in the finals.

In the third place match, Blue Eye beat Shiloh in three sets. Verona won the consolation bracket by downing Exeter 25-17, 25-23. Exeter sophomore Whitney Edie was named to the All-Tourney team for her play.

In addition to the tourney title, Southwest also won regular season non-conference matches over Galena and Blue Eye last week to improve its overall record to 11-4-1. Stephens had 10 kills against Galena, and Colf had seven against Blue Eye.

"It was impressive to win those two matches by a combined score of 100-40," Voyak said. "We did a nice job of finishing strong."

In JV action, Southwest won two matches to improve its record to 5-1. Setter Tasha Barnett led the way with 13 assists, while Stacie Pendergraft and Amanda Lay each had six kills.

Both the JV and varsity are 2-0 in Ozark 7 play.

The Southwest JV will participate in the Wheaton JV Tourney Saturday.

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