Newton County rivals Neosho and Seneca met each other for their season opener Tuesday night and the visiting Lady Indians defeated the home Lady Wildcats 2-0 (25-13, 25-17).
The Lady Indians of Seneca never trailed Tuesday and in the first set, the Lady Indians used a 5-0 run early on to build a 11-3 advantage and never look back.
Seneca closed out the first set with the last three points and then opened the second with eight straight points for a 11-0 run and 8-0 lead in the final set.
Neosho put together its best stretch of volleyball all night with a 9-4 stretch to make it 12-9. The Lady Indians rattled off four straight points for a 16-9 edge and then survived a Neosho 4-0 spurt that made it 19-14 late in the match.
On the night, Taylor Mailes led the Lady Indians with six kills, while Haley Miller and Mailes each had a pair of blocks. Jessica Gorham finished with 15 assists, Haley Miller 12 digs, Sarah Hoover 13 service points, and Sarah Hoover and Mylea Schlessman two aces each. Schlessman had a big ace late in the match for a 22-15 lead and she had a run of service points to get Seneca to 24-15.
Brianna Keho led the Lady Wildcats with five kills, Ashley Sims had six assists, Sims and Savannah Merriman three digs each, Shelby Roberts two aces and Brylee King one, and Emma Hames eight service points.
Seneca, 1-0 on the season, opens Big 8 Conference play Thursday night at home against the Lady Wolves of Reeds Spring.
Meanwhile, Neosho, 0-1, continues Newton County week with a match Thursday on the road against the East Newton Lady Patriots.