Mitchell is now in record books

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sometimes it takes a little time to get recognized.

Back on Oct. 19, the Southwest Lady Trojans hosted the Farmington Lady Cardinals in a Missouri-Arkansas volleyball border war. As expected, the then 13-1 Cardinals headed home with the win, after besting Steve Voyak's girls, 3-1.

But the biggest story of the night was hidden in the game film. Southwest's 5-11 freshman middle hitter, Shannon Mitchell, collected 10 solo blocks and assisted on three more to set a school record for blocks (13) in a single match. The baker's dozen feat tied the fourth-highest total in Missouri high school history.

The state record is 17, set by Becky Haug, of Lee's Summit North, in 2001.

For her effort, Mitchell was nominated for the Springfield News-Leader's Athlete of the Week award, and was featured on's "One To Watch."

Shannon is the daughter of Charlie and Lisa Mitchell, of Seligman.

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