Trojans spikers place second at Sparta Tournament

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Senior leadership Southwest High School will honor the Lady Trojans volleyball seniors pictured above, on Oct. 18. Southwest's seniors are: Megan Light, Taylor Mettlach, Atisha Boudreau, Chelsie Leroy, Jerri Lynn Henry and Sharllana Gonzales.

The Southwest Lady Trojans volleyball team (17-10-1) won four of five games and finished runner-up at the Sparta Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 13.

The Lady Trojans swept through pool play, winning games with Crane (25-22, 25-16), Forsyth (26-24, 25-23) and Chadwick (25-5, 25-9) and then defeating Blue Eye (25-17, 25-17) in the semifinals.

However, Forsyth would comeback to clip Southwest 25-14, 25-20 in the championship game.

"We were consistent, efficient and played with passion throughout the whole day," said Southwest coach Steve Voyak. "The Forsyth game was the most impressive in our pool play. We had to rally at the end and had a call go against us and still emerged with a win. The girls really played together."

Southwest players amassed impressive team totals in the five games. The Lady Trojans collected 122 kills, 85 blocks (including 20 stuff blocks), 22 aces and only had 12 missed serves.

Senior Taylor Mettlach recorded 29 kills, 28 blocks and made 35 of 36 serves. Junior Montana Hendrix added 28 assists, 27 blocks and 25 kills and made all 50 of her serves. Hendrix has placed in play her last 100 serves. Sophomore middle Shannon Mitchell collected 38 kills, 27 digs and 20 blocks for Southwest.

The Lady Trojans finish the regular season on Oct. 18 at Southwest, for Senior Night against Sarcoxie.

District tournament

Ash Grove High School secured the top seed for the Class 2, District 11 Volleyball Tournament to be played Oct. 22 and 23 at Southwest High School.

The Lady Pirates (23-3) are currently ranked ninth in Class 2. Ash Grove received a bye into the Oct. 23 semi-finals.

Quarterfinals match-ups for Oct. 22 are as follows. Fourth-seed Blue Eye (11-9-3) faces fifth-seeded Southwest (13-8-1) at 5:30 p.m. Second-seeded Clever (14-8-0) battles seventh-seeded Crane (8-9-1) at 6:45 p.m. Third-seeded Marionville (11-9-3) plays sixth-seeded Purdy (9-12-1) at 8 p.m.

The winner of the district tournament will host the sectional playoff round.

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