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By Tommy Wells
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Lady 'Hawks upend Grace, take No. 2 seed at SCC tourney


November 2, 2017 | View PDF

Seward Lady Seahawks knew heading into their regular-season finale last Friday that they needed to beat the Grace Christian Lady Grizzlies if they had any hopes of earning the No. 2 seed at the upcoming Southcentral Conference Tournament.

So they did – and created some drama in the process.

The Lady Seahawks pounded out a thrilling 3-2 victory over Grace Christian on October 27 and moved themselves into a tie for second in the conference standings with the Lady Grizzlies. By virtue of the tie, conference officials were forced to slide to the third tie-breaking procedure before declaring Seward the SCC runner-up.

“We played really well,” said Seward head coach Jodi Kurtz. “The girls fought hard. We went into it knowing we had to win this game so they worked hard to get ready. We practiced hard and worked on some different things we thought we could use.”

Before the game, Kurtz said she reminded her team of the ramifications of the game with Grace Christian.

“I told them, ‘This is it. You have to want it.’”

The Lady Seahawks got off to a quick start against Grace Christian. The Lady Seahawks rode the hitting of Riley Von Borstel and Coral Petrosius to wins of 25-21 and 25-22 in the first two games.

The Lady Grizzlies righted their ship from there. Grace Christian won Game 3 by a 25-23 and took Game 4, 25-14, and forced a decisive Game 5.

Seward, which also picked up stellar play from Allie Toloff and Ashley Jackson, regained the upper hand in the final set. They pounded out a 15-13 win in the frame.

Following the win, Southcentral Conference officials determined Seward and Grace Christian had identical conference records against each other. The two teams also tied in the total number of wins against each other during the regular season. To break the tie, SCC officials reverted to its third tie-breaker – giving Seward the upper hand via wins against non-conference common opponents.

By placing second in the regular-season standings, Seward earned the right to face Redington in the first round of the regional tournament, which begins on Friday in Homer.


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