Lady Trojans netters gain momentum

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Senior Brianna Learned prepares to serve against Thomas Jefferson during varsity action. Contributed photo

Southwest defeats Pea Ridge, Thomas Jefferson

With games against Galena and Diamond this week, the Southwest volleyball team is hoping to build off last week's dominating performances.

The Lady Trojans defeated Pea Ridge (Ark.) and Thomas Jefferson last week in high school volleyball action.

Junior middle Myka Cook had 7 kills, 6 digs and 5 aces, and she made all 19 of her serves as Southwest traveled to Arkansas and beat Pea Ridge 25-11, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21.

Senior setter Brianna Learned added 6 kills and 4 assists, while junior middle Hailey Benninger contributed 6 digs and 4 kills. Senior Bekah McKeever also made 13-of-14 serves with seven aces.

"We changed the line-up almost completely, and the girls responded and competed," said Steve Voyak, Southwest coach. "Myka really stepped up and played smart and efficient volleyball. I still think she has another gear or two, but the recent improvement is encouraging."

Southwest opened the Ozark 7 Conference season in Joplin against Thomas Jefferson on Thursday.

Benninger led the way with 6 kills, as the Lady Trojans won the first set easily 25-16.

Thomas Jefferson led 19-15 in the second set, when Cook and Learned sparked a comeback for a 25-21 victory. Cook had a key block, and Learned ended the game with tip for the final point. Sophomore Maggie Robbins was also a perfect 9-for-9 serving, with 2 aces.

"We're not close to where we want to be, but we made significant strides this week," Voyak said. "The next step is being consistent from point to point and eliminating stretches of poor play."

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