Facing one of the top teams in the state, the Lansing volleyball team started its season with a daunting challenge Saturday.
Competing in the Metro Sports Slam Tournament, the Lady Lions took on Olathe East, who is ranked No. 4 in Kansas by the Kansas Volleyball Association. After a competitive first game where Lansing lost 25-21, the team struggled in the second contest, losing 25-7 and the match.
“I was pleased with our efforts in the first game,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. ‘We dug a big hole for ourselves, first game jitters and all that. I think we were down 9-2 and we came back and I thought we played hard and certainly respectable.
“Then the wheels fell off. We got in a huge passing funk and never could get anything going offensively in the second game.”
Ashley Linaweaver led the to team in digs with 10 while Jenna Hoyt collected six and Bri Lozenski had a team-high six assists. Meghan Tauke recorded three blocks while Charlotte Moe and Kelsie Pitsenbarger had two a piece.
The Lady Lions will host its first home match of the season tonight with a 6 p.m. match against Piper.