Lady Trojans beat McAuley and Gentry

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Southwest defeated McAuley Catholic and Gentry (Ark.) in high school volleyball games last week.

In the win over McAuley, Southwest improved its Ozark 7 Conference record to 4-1. Freshman middle Shannon Mitchell led the way with six attacks and four blocks, while sophomore setter Montana Hendrix added six assists, four attacks and three aces.

"It was the second year for our breast cancer awareness night, so it was nice to get a win," Voyak said. "We also had an educational program at school during the day and a bake sale prior to the game. It was a great event, and the girls played well."

Against Gentry, Southwest won the best-of-five match in straight sets on Senior Night. The lone senior, Sam Barberio, had a solid game with five attacks and one dig.

Mitchell also had a strong game with 14 attacks and four blocks. She leads the team in both categories with 138 and 80.

"I'm impressed with her progress every week," Voyak said. "She works hard and tries to get better with every practice. I'm amazed at what she has been able to accomplish as a ninth grader."

With two weeks left in the season, Southwest is prepping for the district tournament at the end of the month at Diamond. The Lady Trojans have a record of 12-9-2 with games left against Farmington (Ark.), Purdy, College Heights, Exeter and Sarcoxie.

"We have to get better in serve-receive, setting and hitting," Voyak said. "I like the way the girls continue to be open to change. They are evolving each week, and that's encouraging as a coach."

In JV action, the Lady Trojans have won three in a row and improved to 8-7 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

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