Pleasant Ridge, Immaculata open season at Jefferson County North.

A new day brought a new opportunity for Lansing volleyball to grab its first win of 2012.

Hosting Piper, the Lady Lions shook off a sluggish start to earn that first victory in impressive fashion — a sweep of the Lady Pirates in straight sets.

“I thought our hitting was much more consistent than Saturday,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “That was one of the areas that we struggled with. I thought our passing and receiving was better so I would say overall, it was an improvement.”

In the first set, Piper pushed out to an early 4-1 advantage before Slater called a time-out. After a pep talk, Lansing went on an 6-0 run that gave them the lead and momentum. From there, the Lady Lions never looked back and won 25-15.

The second game was evenly played until the midway point, where a 5-1 streak put Lansing up 17-10. Eventually, the home team earned another 25-15 win. The final set was close for a little bit before a 10-1 surge by the Lady Lions delivered a 25-13 game and match win.

Amanda Dalbey finished the night with 12 kills while Bri Lozenski contributed 14 assists and Jenna Hoyt added 10 assists. Paige Brandt had six digs and Charlotte Moe pitched in three service aces.

Lansing, 1-1, will travel to Lawrence Free State Thursday for a 5 p.m. match.

Imac tops PR after both lose to host Chargers
It was opening night for both the Immaculata and Pleasant Ridge volleyball teams Tuesday, and the schedule makers decided that the two rivals should spend it together.

Beginning their 2012 seasons, the squads traveled to Jefferson County North where each team lost to the Lady Chargers. In between those defeats, the pair faced each other where Immaculata drew first blood with a 25-18, 25-20 win.

“We played really good defense and I thought we passed the ball really well,” Raiders coach Dan Schmidt said. “We have to find ways to be more consistent in attacking.”

In the evening’s opening match, Imac fell 26-24, 25-21 to JCN while Ridge closed the night out with a 25-20, 25-17 loss to its hosts.

“We had some good moments and not so good moments,”?PR coach Amy Bergman said.?“We really just need to work on getting the whole plays together.”

Immaculata, 1-1, is off until Tuesday when it will head to Washington. PR, 0-2, will play at Tonganoxie on Thursday at 5 p.m.