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Seneca volleyball three-peats as conference champs!
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THE SENECA INDIANS won the Ridge & Valley Conference Volleyball Championship for the third year in a row when they defeated the visiting Kickapoo Panthers in three straight sets on Friday, Oct. 13.

SENECA - The Seneca volleyball team traveled to Wauzeka-Steuben to take on the Hornets in a conference match.

The Indians took little time in taking down the Hornets 25-12, 25-10, 25-8. 

Leading Seneca at the net was Liv Swanson with 16 kills, while Haley Wall had seven kills. Michelle Clark came up with five kills and two block kills, while Olivia Payne added five kills.

Setting up the hitters with style was Emily Garfoot with 60 sets for the night and 30 assists. 

Taking control of any hits that the Hornets sent at the Indians was Haley Wall with seven digs and Alivia Salinas with four.

Behind the line, Emily Garfoot was 20-20 serving with two aces, Alivia Salinas 16-17 with two aces, Erin Sime 12-14 with three aces, Wall 12-14 with on ace, Makenna Greene 4-4 and Hannah Whiteaker 2-3.  This win guaranteed the Seneca Indians at least a share of the conference championship.

Next up, the Seneca volleyball team hosted Kickapoo in the final game of the regular season. Kickapoo had only one loss in conference to LaFarge coming into this match. 

The Indians came out on fire at the net. Before the Panthers knew it, Seneca was up 11-0. In addition to showing some power at the net, the Indians used some great passing to build the early lead.  Seneca was able come away with Game 1, winning 25-16.

In Game 2, Seneca went down 10-6. The Indians started tipping and got out of sync. A time out and some great serving by Haley Wall got the Indians back to what they do best—attacking at the net. Seneca went back up 15-10 and went on to win Game 2 25-16. 

Seneca wasted no time taking took control of Game 3 en route to a 25-12 victory.

 Seneca’s play at the net was pretty equally distributed for the match. Swanson led with 10 kills, Wall had nine, Erin Sime and eight, Garfoot had five, Michelle Clark had three, and Olivia Payne had two kills. 

Clark also sent back six block kills, while Sime, Swanson and Payne each two block kills. 

Making Seneca offense possible was Emily Garfoot setting up the hitters with 80 sets and 29 assists.

Bringing up the Panthers’ hits was Garfoot with nine digs, while Salinas had eight and Wall had seven. Greene had four digs and Whiteaker had two.

Behind the line, Wall served 24-25 with seven aces, Sime was 14-15 with two aces, Salinas was 10-10 with two aces, Greene was 7-7 with three aces, Whiteaker was 7-7 with one ace and Garfoot was 8-8 with one ace. 

“The girls played great team ball and by doing that they were able to capture the conference championship for the third straight year,” Seneca Volleyball Coach Dawn Ray said when it was over. “I'm very proud of these girls. Our first goal was met.  Next up is the tournament trail taking on DeSoto at home on Tuesday (Oct.17) with the possibility of playing three games at home.”

Anyway you look at it, it’s nice heading into the post-season with a three-peat conference championship under your belt.

Yes, the Seneca Indian Volleyball Team won the 2017 Ridge and Valley Conference Championship again. Could they be headed back to the state tournament for the second year in a row? Stay tuned.