Lady Trojans celebrate senior night with victory

Thursday, October 30, 2008

For the fourth straight season, the Southwest volleyball team won its annual Senior Night match. Aided by seven assists by Tasha Barnett and six kills by Briana Stephens, the Lady Trojans downed Sarcoxie in three sets to finish the regular season 8-20-2.

"All wins are good wins," said Coach Steve Voyak. "We played without two starters, and the seniors really stepped up. It was nice for them to win their final game in our gym."

In addition to Barnett and Stephens, Southwest also honored senior starters Susan Blakey (six digs) and Tina Schreiner (three attacks).

Earlier in the week, Southwest lost a tough match to Exeter 25-23, 25-18.

"I thought the first set was one of our best of the season," Voyak said. "Our serve-receive was excellent and the defense very active. In the two sets, we lost by nine total points and we missed eight serves, but consistent serving has been an issue all season."

Southwest begins district play this week at Diamond High School. The Lady Trojans face Sarcoxie in the quarterfinal round and the winner advances to play No. 1 seed College Heights in the semifinals. In addition to Diamond, Purdy and Pierce City are also entered in the six-team district.

"It's an exciting time of the year," said Voyak, whose team has lost in the semifinals the last three seasons. "There's a chance we could have all players healthy, and we could be a dangerous team with everybody ready to go."

In games against district teams, Southwest has a record of 4-4, including a win over No. 2 seed Diamond.

The Lady Trojan JV team ended the season with a loss to Exeter to finish at 3-19-3.

"The girls made marked improvement in the second half of the season, but need a strong off-season to get ready for next year," Voyak said.

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