7 for 7; Lady Saints Ranked 7th in NJCAA Top 25
December 4, 2013
They may be small in numbers, but what the Seward County Lady Saints have lacked in roster size, they have certainly made up in heart size on the floor early in this 2013-2014 season. Off to a 9-0 start, the Lady Saints were rewarded on Wednesday as the first NJCAA Top 25 Poll of the regular season came out with Seward County penciled in at #7.
Seward moved from #19 in the preseason poll to #7 in the first regular season poll with a hot 9-0 start which has included wins over #19 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Murray State, South Plains, and New Mexico among others. The Lady Saints are off to a blazing start on the offensive end of the floor where they rank 4th in the country in points per game at 89.7, already eclipsing the 100 point mark four times in their first nine games. The scoring has been balanced for Seward through the first month of the season, with six different Lady Saints averaging double figures through nine contests. Seward boasts three of the top 10 scorers in the Jayhawk West thus far, the only team to have that designation.
The Lady Saints are joined in the poll by a handful of Jayhawk Conference squads. Hutchinson checks in right in front of Seward at #5 after drawing a #3 ranking to start the season. Following a move to the Jayhawk East, Seward’s former West rival Butler is also off to a quality start, picking up 10 wins in the season’s first month to earn a #8 ranking. Another 10 win Jayhawk East team, Cowley, is in at #16 and coming off of an 8th place finish in the Jayhawk West last season, Dodge City’s fast start has them receiving votes in the poll.
The #7 ranking marks the highest ranking for a Lady Saints team since midway through the 2011-2012 season when they climbed to #6 in the polls following an 18-2 start.
With seven players on their active roster for this weekend, the Lady Saints will hit the court again on Friday as they take on McLennan at 6:00 to get things going in the Pizza Hut Classic. Seward will wrap up play in the classic with a battle against Labette at 6:00 Saturday night.
Sanchez Signs With the University of Texas-Permain Basin
November 18, 2013
Thursday in the All-American Room at Seward County Community College, another Lady Saint Volleyball player signed to continue her playing career as sophomore outside hitter Annelise Sanchez inked on the dotted line with the University of Texas-Permian Basin.
Sanchez starred for the Lady Saints the past two seasons, earning All-Conference and All-Region Honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. As a rookie in 2012, Sanchez was second on the Lady Saints team with 296 kills on the season, averaging 2.29 per set, also second best on the squad. She was also a standout on the defensive end, finishing the season with 134 digs and 51 blocks as a six rotation player. As a sophomore she was even better, finishing off 373 kills, at a clip of 2.76 per set and finished the year with 273 digs and 45 blocks. She ranked 5th in the Jayhawk West in total kills and also ranked in the top 10 with her .210 hitting percentage.
She will join a UTPB team who is in the midst of a 10-19 season and has posted a 7-10 record in the Heartland Conference. In somewhat of a rebuilding mode, the NCAA Division II Falcons have as many as nine players returning next season for Coach Steve Aicinena.
Sanchez said she chose UTBP because she liked Aicinena’s coaching style as well as the beautiful campus in Odessa and the nationally recognized Business program at the school.
Saurombe/Gonzalez Top ITA Rankings, Saints Ranked 9th
November 13, 2013
After capturing the ITA National Championship this fall, Seward County #1 doubles team of Ronzai Saurombe and Alejandro Gonzalez will begin the 2014 season ranked #1 in the country, leading three Seward doubles teams ranked in the top 40 and a Saints team ranked #9 in the opening 2013-2014 ITA Rankings.
Ronzai Saurombe and Alejandro Gonzalez pick up the first #1 ranking in school history for Seward County after an exceptional fall which saw them post a 13-2 record together. The pair reached the tournament finals in all four events that they played together this fall, winning the Bethany Invitational, Metro State Invitational, and ITA National Tournament along the way. Their only two losses of the fall came in the ITA Regional Championship match and the ITA Nationals Super Bowl match. The freshman duo will be the heavy favorites to bring home the Region VI Championship this season at #1 doubles with the next closest Jayhawk Conference pair ranked #8 in Busby/Moore of Cowley.
The Saints #2 doubles team of Trevor Kipping and Brandon Kafarela earned a #23 ranking going into the spring season. Kipping and Kafarela were 5-5 together this fall, winning the Bethany Invitational B draw consolation title with a 3-1 record.
Seward also had their #3 doubles team ranked in the top 40 as Colin Glassman and Adrian Amado checked in at #36. Glassman and Amado both battled injuries this fall and were unable to pick up a win in eight chances.
On the singles front, the Saints put two players in the top 50. Saurombe opens the year at #10 after a dominating fall that saw him go 15-3 in 18 matches. Saurombe won the Bethany Invitational as well as the Metro State Invitational and finished runner-up to his teammate Gonzalez in the opening tournament of the fall at the Wichita ITA’s. He is ranked 3rd among Region VI players with Spartak Rahachou of Johnson County and Harry Busby checking in just in front of him at #8 and #9.
Gonzalez also broke into the top 50 in his first season in green and white. Gonzalez will start the season ranked #41 after posting a solid 13-3 mark this fall. Gonzalez opened the fall season with a bang, breezing to a Wichita ITA Tournament title, beating Saurombe in the finals, and the freshman from El Salvador also closed the season strong, winning all three matches in the Saints trip to the Tabor Tournament.
As a team the Saints were ranked 9th, just behind the Cowley Tigers who were ranked #8. The Saints finished the fall with an overall match record of 72-60 and won their only dual of the fall with Southwestern. As usual, Tyler will start the season at #1 and New York’s, ASA Institute was ranked #2.
Seward Clips the Century Mark Behind Brooks' Big Night
November 12, 2013
With a nine day break between games to rest up and get healthy, the #19 Seward County Saints put on an offensive clinic Monday night in Shawnee, Oklahoma as they defeated the Oklahoma Baptist JV 108-73 to improve to 3-0 on the early season.
Seward’s big night on the offensive end didn’t start off particularly well against the Lady Bison after the five hour road trip to Shawnee. Seward and Oklahoma Baptist were tied at 6 after three minutes of play until Seward turned up the heat and took a 31-24 lead to the midway point of the first half. The Lady Saints onslaught continued, however, Oklahoma Baptist kept pace with the gals in green and it remained just an eight point game 45-37 with 3:30 to go in the half. Seward scored 14 more points in the final 3:30 of the half and stormed into the locker rooms with a 14 point, 59-45 lead.
The Lady Saints shot 56% from the field in the first half and cashed in on 20 of 24 from the free throw line, good for 83%. The Lady Bison had a good offensive first half as well, shooting 48% from the field and 50% from three point land in the period. Shanise Brooks led the way for Seward with a 20 point first half while Brianna Scott chipped in with 14 points.
As the second half began, the Lady Saints did not let up. By the 10 minute mark of the half, Seward had eclipsed 80 points, but still, the Lady Saints couldn’t shake the pesky Bison. With eight minutes to go, the Lady Saints lead was down to just 10 at 81-71, but Seward outscored Oklahoma Baptist 20-3 in the next six minutes to clip the century mark and go in front 101-73 with two minutes left. Despite having the game well in hand, Seward’s defense toughened up in the final two minutes, holding Oklahoma Baptist without a point as they closed things out to win 108-73.
Seward shot 50% in the game, despite hitting on just 1 of 12 from three point land. Brooks led the way for the Lady Saints, scoring a career high 34 points, the most points scored by a Seward player since Ashlynn Knoll scored 34 against Monroe exactly two years ago. Kyndal Davis continued her strong start to her career, putting up 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting. Brianna Scott scored 19 for the Lady Saints and Korina Chapman notched an 11 point, 14 rebound double-double.
The 19th ranked Lady Saints improve to 3-0 on the year and will return home Friday and Saturday when they host the Billy’s/Days Inn Classic in the Greenhouse. Seward will take on South Plains on Friday at 6:00 followed by Fort Carson at 6:00 on Saturday. Free tickets courtesy of our buyout sponsors Billy’s and Days Inn are available at Billy’s, Days Inn, Hutch’s, and KSCB.
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Three Lady Saints Named All-Conference/Gasparini Tabbed Freshman of the Year
November 12, 2013
Despite a disappointing loss early in the Region VI Championship Tournament on Sunday, there was some good news to come out of Lady Saints camp on Monday as three Seward players were named All-Jayhawk West and All-Region VI as announced by the league.
Carolina Gasparini led the trio on the All-Conference lists as she was selected to the 1st Team as well as being named the Jayhawk West Freshman of the year. Gasparini led Seward in both kills and aces in her first year in green and white, and also ranked in the top three in digs and hitting percentage. Her 430 kills ranked 3rd in the Jayhawk West and 23rd Nationally this season. Her 54 aces were tops in the conference and 14th in the country. She is the first Seward player to be named Freshman of the Year since Sheina Fernandes earned the honor in 2009 and is just the fourth freshman to be named 1st Team All-Jayhawk West in the past 10 seasons.
Sophomore outside hitter Annelise Sanchez was named All-Jayhawk West 2nd Team this season after earning an Honorable Mention nod as a freshman in 2012. Sanchez was second on the team in kills this season with 373 and finished fourth on the team with 273 digs. She ranked a solid 5th in the Jayhawk West in kills this season and also ranked in the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage and kills per set during her sophomore season. She is one of just 10 players in the past 10 seasons to earn All-Conference honors in both of her seasons at Seward County.
Morgan Riley was one of just three players named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference team. Riley led Seward in both hitting percentage and blocks during her sophomore season. Riley chalked up 162 blocks this season, 61 more than the next closest player in the Jayhawk West and 5th most in the NJCAA in 2013. Her .234 hitting percentage ranked 5th in the Jayhawk West and 2nd among middle hitters. Riley finishes her Seward County career with 289 career blocks which puts her tied for 6th on the school’s all-time blocks list.
Hutchinson’s Teresa Wade took home the Player of the Year award for the second straight season while Blue Dragons Coach Patrick Hall shared the Coach of the Year award with Colby’s Carey Jones.