The Southwestern Spartans held Ellsworth's Panthers to four strong games. The Spartans started off winning the first game, 25-21. While the following matches went back and forth multiple times, the Spartans lost their momentum losing the next three games 21-25, 21-25, and 20-25. Though the match didn't end up on top, the Spartans got their feet wet in conference play.
Southwestern women's volleyball team traveled to Graceland Saturday for the 26th Annual Graceland University JV/Community College invitational. The women's team went two and two in play bringing their season record to two wins and three losses.
The Spartans faced Wentworth Military Academy for their first match of the day and won two games to none. The Scores were 25-15, and 25-17. Leading the way in kills was Sophomore Josey Ellis with seven and followed by Sophomore Blake Sullivan with six. Freshman Katelyn Coyle and Sophomore Amber Thomas lead the team in aces with two each. Coyle also lead the team in assists with 15. Ellis was the leader in digs as well with seven and Freshman Kruse was second with four. Freshman Sam Weed lead the team in blocks with two.
Southwestern Women’s Volleyball team opened up their season play Wednesday night against Southeast Nebraska Community College with a loss. The Spartans dropped the first and second games of the match 14-25, 23-25, but came back to win the third game 26-24. The fourth game went to the Storm as they won 21-25.
Megan Simms and Amber Thomas both finished with five kills. Freshman Mariah Kruse led the team with 25 digs. Ellis was second on the team with 16, and freshman Kaley Folkerts finished with 15 digs. Freshman Katelyn Coyle was leading assist maker for the Spartans finishing with 35. Simms led the team in aces for the evening with two. Both Kruse and Thomas served 100 percent for the evening. Kruse was 20 for 20 and Thomas was eight for eight.
Southwestern travels to Graceland Saturday for tournament play. They will have their season opener on September 7 when they will play Ellsworth Community College.
Mariah Kruse, a senior volleyball standout from East Union High School, has committed to joining Southwestern Community College’s volleyball team for the fall 2011 season.
Kruse, a 5' 5" hitter, was named third team all-state, all conference for three years, and named all district for two years. She has also done well off the court, being named to the National Honor Society.
Kruse is the daughter of Lynn and Judy Kruse of Afton. She plans to earn her associate of arts degree for college transfer while attending SWCC.