Lady Trojans undefeated in Ozark 7

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Southwest earns No. 4 seed in district tournament

Southwest's volleyball team narrowly defeated Purdy (25-23, 27-25) in volleyball last week to improve to its record to 5-0 in the Ozark 7 Conference race.

The Lady Trojans finish the season with a game against Exeter this week before heading to the district tournament on Monday.

"Nobody deserved to lose," said Steve Voyak, Southwest coach. "Both teams were even all night. We just happened to make a few more plays at the end.

"Purdy is a smart, young team and will learn from this loss."

Senior middle Shannon Mitchell led Southwest with 13 kills and 6 blocks, but the most important part of her contribution came from the back row. She was 14-for-14 serving with three critical aces, and she added 10 digs and 11 successful serve receptions. Junior setter Jaime Shrum also had a big game with 7 kills on tips that kept the Eagles off balance. Junior opposite Karla Catron was 8-for-8 serving and 2 aces, 2 digs, 2 blocks and an assist.

"Leaders make big plays in big moments in big games," said Voyak. "They have done it all season."

The Lady Trojans improved their overall record to 20-8, winning 3-of-5 games last week. They beat Gentry, Ark., in straight sets on breast cancer awareness night, but lost 2-of-3 games at the Sparta Tournament. Southwest beat Forsyth and lost to Crane and Ava.

Mitchell, a four-year starter, eclipsed three significant milestones for her career: 700 digs, 500 blocks and 150 aces. She is also closing in on 1,200 kills, needing 16 in her final games.

"Stats are secondary for Shannon," Voyak said. "She wants to win. If she hits some numbers, that's fine, but she's all about team and winning."

Class 2 District Pairings

Southwest is the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 Forsyth in the first round of the Class 2 district playoffs at 5 p.m. at Spokane High School on Monday. Other quarterfinal pairings include: Marionville (No. 3) vs. Spokane (No. 6) at 6:30 p.m., and Clever (No. 2) vs. Blue Eye (No. 7) at 8 p.m. Crane, the No. 1 seed, received a first-round bye. The semifinals and championship will be Tuesday.

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