Southwest wins Greenfield tourney
Lady Trojans prepare for district push
The Southwest volleyball team rallied from a set down, and then six points down in the deciding set, but emerged with a 12-25, 25-21, 27-25 victory over Greenfield in the Lady Wildcats Invitational championship on Saturday.
Senior Shannon Mitchell, who's 22nd kill of the match won the games, was named to the all-tournament team with junior setter Jaime Shrum. Shrum finished the five games with 65 kills, 25 blocks and 50 digs. The Lady Trojans beat Greenfield twice, Exeter, Golden City and Sarcoxie to claim the title.
"Shannon was clutch, but the whole group really stepped up," said coach Steve Voyak. "I had several sophomores in key roles and they really came through in some big spots, serving and digging."
Sophomores Sydney Delossantos (29-of-30 serving with 4 aces and 2 digs) Sydney Leroy ( 8-of-8 serving with an ace and 2 digs), Briana Learned (4 digs and 4 serve receptions) and Bekah McKeever (3 digs) all made significant contributions.
The tournament ended a run of 14 games in 12 days for the Lady Trojans. Southwest won 11 of those matches.
"It's a busy time of the year for us," Voyak said. "The girls spent a lot of time working on our 12-team tournament and then playing in it. A team can easily lose its focus, and a few times we went through tough patches, but I am amazed at the how resilient the girls have been."
Southwest picked up wins over Galena, Diamond, Pea Ridge (Ark.), Forsyth, Wheaton, and Verona, and have an overall record of 14-5 with at least 11 games remaining. The Lady Trojans are 2-0 in the Ozark 7 Conference with critical games coming up against Wheaton, McAuley, Exeter and Purdy. In last week's win over Verona, Mitchell recorded her 1,000th career kill and is already nearing 1,100. She is also 38 blocks away from 500 for her career. The senior middle was named to the Volleyfest All-Tournament team (Southwest finished 4th) for the third straight season, while Shrum made the second team.
"We have made some subtle line-up changes and now we need to finish strong in the conference and get ready for an difficult district tournament that includes Clever and Crane, two of the area's finest teams," said Voyak.
Southwest plays at Hurley and Wheaton this week.