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Seneca Volleyball defeats Wauzeka-Steuben and Kickapoo to clinch conference
Makenna Hits
MAKENNA GREENE shows her skill at the net as she guides the ball through the Hornet defenders during an important match in Wauzeka on Thursday, Oct. 10. The Indians de-feated the Hornets in three sets.

SENECA - When it was all on the line, the Seneca volleyball team showed up. The traveled to Wauzeka last Thursday and beat the Hornets in three straight sets.


The Hornets looked tentative throughout and the Indians never took their foot off the gas. 

There was little doubt in the first set, which Seneca won handily.

However, the Hornets seemed to rally in the second set taking an early lead and hanging around in a back-and-forth set. Then, they stalled at about 20 points and the Indians went on to win.

By the third set–down 0-2, the wind was definitely out of the sails for the Hornets. Wauzeka-Steuben struggled with receiving serves as Seneca’s Nicky Trautsch went on a tear. The super setter held her serve for 13 straight points and seven of those 13 were aces.
Ava Hits
AVA PAYNE has a tremendous open hit into the Wauzeka-Steuben back row.

It was too much for the Hornets-they were cooked. Oh they rallied a bit and things started to even out, but there was no catching up for the Hornets on this night. Seneca won 25-15.

The Hornets, who had defeated the Indians weeks earlier at Seneca in the nonconference match in five sets were no challenge for the Indians in the conference match.

“Everything worked for our team in that match,” first-year head coach Jessica Olson said afterward. “Our passing, serving, covering, setting and  hitting. It was fun to see it all come together. That is exactly how I know our girls can play. 

“Nicky served for 13 of the 25 points in the third set and seven of her serves were aces in the third set,” Olson noted. “Our team only missed one serve the entire night. I’m very proud of their performance.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Seneca beat Kickapoo in four sets: 25-14, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-23.

Kickapoo and Seneca were both undefeated in The conference. By beating Kickapoo Tuesday, Seneca clinched the Ridge and Valley Conference Championship.