SWMS spikers sweep Exeter in season finale

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Southwest defeated Exeter in the final game of the middle school volleyball season last week. The Lady Trojans eighth grade won 20-25, 25-22, 25-22 and the seventh graders won 25-18, 25-15.

Jaime Shrum made 20 of 22 serves and added nine aces, while Shannon Mitchell had 14 attacks and a block to lead the eighth graders, who finished the season with a 9-3-2 record.

Shrum served at 88 percent for the season and led the team in aces with 76. Mitchell was tops in attacks with 125 and blocks with 21.

"It was a great way to end the season," said Coach Steve Voyak. "Exeter played a great game. We just happened to get the last couple points. I was real proud of the girls, because we didn't play our best. We made some mental mistakes, but the girls kept working and figured out a way to win."

McKenzie Harvey added 25 passes to target and served the final three points of the deciding set after the score was tied at 22. Harvey was third on the team in passing with 175. Shrum and Kayna McNabb led the team in passing with 238 each.

"We have had three solid classes of eighth graders in a row and that has really helped the high school team," said Coach Voyak, whose record was 32-10-11 in that span.

In the seventh grade game, Karla Catron led the way with six attacks and seven service aces, while Baylea Ford added 11 passes. Catron led the team in serve percentage (84 percent), aces (64), attacks (22) and passes (198). Savana Leonhardt was the sets leader with 115.

"They showed dramatic progress from the start to the end of the season," said Voyak. "They still have a long way to go, but they really picked it up in the second part of the season. They raised their volleyball IQ considerably."

After an 0-6 start, the seventh graders finished with a record 4-8-2.

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