Southwest volleyball splits 2 games

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Southwest volleyball team split its first two games, losing to Berryville (Ark.) and defeating Pea Ridge (Ark.) last week.

Berryville defeated the Lady Trojans in straight sets 25-13, 25-20 and 25-17.

"They were balanced, consistent and focused and just better than us," said Southwest coach, Steve Voyak. "We were a little shellshocked in the first set, but I liked the way we competed after that."

Senior middle Shannon Mitchell led Southwest with 11 digs, 9 kills and 4 blocks, while senior outside Kayna McNabb added 9 digs and an ace.

Against Pea Ridge, the Lady Trojans rallied from two sets down to win 17-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-17 and 15-12.

"We have developed a nice rivalry with them and have played some really close matches over the last two years," said Voyak. "We had a couple bad breaks and lost the second set, but the girls kept fighting and came all the way back."

The win marked the first five-set victory in school history.

Mitchell led Southwest with 31 kills, 17 digs, 8 blocks and 6 aces. McNabb contributed 17 digs and 9 kills and was 13 for 13 serving. Junior setter Jaime Shrum also had a strong match with 17 assists, 14 digs, 12 kills and 5 aces.

Southwest plays at Marionville and Thomas Jefferson this week.

At the Southwest Spikefest, the Lady Trojans beat Exeter and Purdy, and they placed second in the Junior Spikefest in Washburn Saturday. The Lady Trojans tied Crane and lost to Marionville, which won the event with a perfect 4-0 record.

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