No. 14 Seward County falls in the Regional Championship to No. 3 Butler
EL DORADO, Kan. - Seward County Community College falls in straight sets to Butler Community College in the Region VI Championship match on Saturday afternoon in El Dorado, Kansas. The Lady Saints were unable to get their offense started as the Grizzles won with the final set scores 25-18, 25-11, and 25-17. Seward County finishes the season with a 23-10 record and will wait for a possibility for an at-large bid to the National Tournament next week.
To start the match the Lady Saints and the Grizzles battle point for point and Butler took a lead 11-9 early in the first set. Butler went on a 7-2 run to separate themselves with an 18-11 advantage. Sarah Cruz got a kill to get the Lady Saints within seven points 22-15 but the Grizzles finished the set with a 25-18 final set score.
Seward County started the second set with a lead 5-4 early on but Butler responded with a 13-4 run to lead 17-8. The Lady Saints struggled to get finish long rallies as the Grizzlies continued to lead in the second set. Butler won the second set by their largest margin of victory in the match 25-11.
In the third set, the Lady Saints found themselves trailing early 9-5 and looked to battle back against the Grizzlies. Butler serving continued to cause problems for Seward County as the Grizzlies went on a 7-4 run to take a 16-10 lead. The Grizzlies finished the third set with a kill from the outside to win the set 25-17 and to claim the Region VI title.
Seward County finished the 2021-22 season with a 23-10 overall record and Region VI runner-ups. The Lady Saints will wait on the final brackets to be released to see if they are able to compete at the National tournament in Hutchinson on November 17th to the 20th.