Southwest volleyball top dogs in conference

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Southwest volleyball team won the 2014-2015 Ozark 7 Conference volleyball title. Those pictured include, front row, from left: Jaime Shrum, Jessica Henderson, Kayna McNabb and Brittney Hackett. Back row: Coach Steve Voyak, Sydney Leroy, Bekah McKeever, Briana Learned, Karla Catron, Shannon Mitchell, Mikaela Black, Sydney Delossantos, Savana Leonhardt and Coach Tamara McNabb. Contributed photo

Lady Trojans take 3rd straight title with win over Exeter

The Southwest volleyball team defeated Exeter (25-12, 25-7) last week to capture the Ozark 7 Conference championship.

The Lady Trojans won their third consecutive conference title, finishing the season with a perfect 6-0 record for the second straight season.

"Every team has a goal of winning the conference each season," said Steve Voyak, Southwest coach. "So, for us to win three in a row is incredible, but also shows how much time the girls work in the spring, summer and during the season to get these results."

Senior middle Shannon Mitchell led the way with 16 kills against Exeter, giving her an even 1,200 for her career as she goes into the district playoffs. Sophomore libero and serve specialist Sydney Leroy made all 17 of her serves and added 4 aces for the Lady Trojans, who improved their overall record to 21-8. Leroy has made 91-of-92 serves with 8 aces since being put in the No. 2 serve slot half way through the season.

"We were serving at 88 percent as a team about a month ago, and we'd like to serve at 92 percent," said Voyak, who has won four Ozark 7 titles at Southwest. "After changing to [Leroy], Karla Catron and Sydney Delosantos, we have improved to 91.4 percent, so the switch really paid off."

Junior setter Jaime Shrum added 10 assists and senior middle Kayna McNabb contributed 10 digs for the Lady Trojans, who open district play against Forsyth in the Class 2 district playoffs at Spokane High School this week.

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