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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Seneca volleyball handles Wheaton in three sets

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  • SENECA — The Seneca Lady Indians earned their second win of the season on Tuesday in a hard-fought match with the Wheaton Lady Bulldogs at Seneca High School.
    Seneca won the game in three sets, 25-16, 24-26, 25-14.
    The Lady Indians had the look of a team ready to play in the first game as they built a commanding lead in the early stages and never looked back. They crashed back to earth a bit in the second set when a handful of mistakes helped Wheaton build a five-point lead. Seneca fought back, but ultimately fell in a nail-biter.
    Seneca would rebound, however, and finished strong in the final set.
    "In the third set we played a lot better," Lady Indians coach Cheryl Butterfield said. "We moved our feet and took over."
    Maranda Sparks was an unsung hero for the Lady Indians as she turned in a solid night along the front row and finished with 10 kills to lead the team. Teammate Mikalee Kime also had a good night.
    "(Kime) blocked well," Butterfield said.
    Molli Cooper and Rachel Butterfield finished with 12 assists each. Ashley Martin turned in four blocks. Tia Martin led with eight digs.
    Mariah Kochell led Wheaton with three aces and 14 kills. Skyler Scates turned in 20 assists and 12 digs. Karlee Mason led with five blocks.
    "Overall, it was a total team effort," Butterfield said.
    The Lady Indians moved to 2-11-1 overall.
    Seneca also won the B game 25-19, 25-15.
    The Lady Indians travel to Mount Vernon at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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