Jake Conrad, head coach, speaks in a team huddle before the game begins. This is Conrad's first year as the volleyball head coach. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)Mallory Graves, sophomore cheerleader, claps for the Lady Builders. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)Emily White, senior right hitter, bumps the volleyball into the air after a return from Bethel. Prior to the game, the Lady Builders were picked fifth in a KCAC preseason poll. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)Kaila Harris, junior setter, serves the ball. Harris transferred to Southwestern from Barton Community College. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)Jacquelyn Bogner, freshman outside hitter, jumps to save the ball. The game, originally scheduled for 6 p.m., had to be rescheduled to 8:30 p.m. and moved to Winfield HIgh School due to heat. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)Emily White, senior right hitter, smiles after a team point. White is from Baxter Springs. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)Deardin Kelley, senior outside hitter, leaps to spike the ball. Kelley was a top kill leader during the 2018-2019 season. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)The Lady Builders celebrate after scoring a point. The team won the first set against Bethel with a score of 25-18, lost the second set with a score of 25-20, won the third set with a score of 25-18, and lost the fourth set with a score of 20-25, and lost the fifth and final set 15-13 . (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)The SC crowd jumps to their feet to celebrate the Lady Builder's first set win against Bethel. The team's next game will be at 11 a.m. on Aug. 23	 against Southwestern Assemblies of God in Hutchinson. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Lauren Sieh

Staff reporter

The volleyball team is out to a hot start, quite literally. The Lady Moundbuilders were set to go up against the Bethel Threshers on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Stewart Field House, but with the temperatures inside exceeding the heat outside, the game was postponed and moved to the Winfield High School gym.

The team would inevitably fall to Bethel, but refused to lose without a fight. The first set would play in our favor, 25-18. The Threshers would then come back and win the second and third set, 25-20, 25-18. The Lady Builders seemed to come alive in the fourth set, 25-20. The game was now tied leading up to the fifth set. The fifth set went back and forth between the two teams with the Threshers coming out victorious, 15-13. The Bethel Threshers defeated the Lady Builders 3-2.

Kayln Beel, senior right-side hitter, led the team with 18 kills and made 42 attempts in scoring points. Jake Conrad, head volleyball coach, said, “Kayln Beel was absolutely phenomenal. She absolutely was a threat today.”

Alyxandra Baker, junior middle hitter, had 11 kills and 20 total attempts. Deardin Kelley, senior outside hitter, led the Lady Builders in attempts, 51. Kelly had a respectful 10 kills.

Kanami Ellis, junior right side/outside hitter, shared her thoughts on the game. “I think we started off pretty strong, but then we started to get in a rut. We started to get into our own heads and we kind of stopped playing together. Towards the end, we kind of found our mojo back, but I think we started playing like ourselves again a little too late,” said Ellis.

When asked about his goals for the team the for the rest of the season, Conrad said, “Our goals are to finish top three in conference and to hopefully gives us a fighting chance with the big dance postseason.”

The Lady Moundbuilders next two games will be on Aug. 23 at the Fall Fling in Hutchison, KS against Southwestern Assemblies of God at 11 a.m. and Saint Mary at 5 p.m.