Lansing, Pleasant Ridge split at home while Immaculata stays hot at Turner

With its brand new head coach, the Leavenworth volleyball team hosted its first meet of 2012 Thursday.

And while the end result wasn’t what the team had hoped for, 0-3, the squad played with vigor and competitiveness that had first-year coach Josh Padilla excited for the future.

“There is definitely a lot possibilities with us,” Padilla said. “The first 10 to 15 points of that first match was sort of like wow, look at Leavenworth. I saw what we are capable of, but the trick will be getting us to be consistent.”

The Lady Pioneers came out on fire against Shawnee Mission Northwest before losing the first set 28-30. The second was much of the same, except LV pulled out a thrilling 28-26 win before losing the final game 16-25.

Against Olathe East, the home squad was tripped up 16-25, 5-25 and then Leavenworth finished the evening losing 22-25, 13-25 to Shawnee Mission East.

“Mental toughness is something that we have to work on,” Padilla said. “Overall, we did have some great performances. Brittany Bosarge had a phenomenal night and our blockers up front did a great job.”

Leavenworth, 0-3, will compete at the Baldwin Tournament on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

Lansing splits in home triangular
The Lady Lions hosted two quality opponents on Thursday, conference foe Mill Valley and the No. 2 ranked team in Class 6A, Blue Valley.

Against the 6A giant, Lansing held its own before falling 18-25, 25-22, 21-25. Lansing then took its frustration out on the Jaguars with a 25-22, 25-15 straight set win.

“Blue Valley was a really strong team and we came out sluggish, but then made a good run at the end,” Lansing head coach Julie Slater said. “The next two games we played well and overall, I thought we did okay. Against Mill Valley, we just played phenomenal.”

Stat stuffers for the Lady Lions included Amanda Dalbey with 15 kills while Charlotte Moe and Kelsie Pitsenbarge had nine. Meghan Tauke had 10 blocks on the night and Paige Brandt added 15 digs.

The team, 2-2, will host the Lansing Invitational this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Raiders sweep at Turner
With three more wins, the Immaculata volleyball team is officially the hottest squad in town.

The Lady Raiders toppled Bonner Springs 25-13, 25-21, Washington 25-2, 25-2 and Turner 25-13, 25-17 Thursday to push its overall record to 6-1.

“We are really starting to gel nicely as a team,” Imac coach Dan Schmidt said. “The girls play well as a team and our defense feeds off of that. It’s important because we aren’t the tallest so it’s good that they are playing so well together.”

For the night, Mary Thorne and Molly Abbott led the team in kills,
Katie Gillespie was the team’s leader in assists and Ellie Wolk was the Raiders’ block leader for the evening.

Immaculata will host McLouth and Kansas City Christian on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

PR bests Schlagle at home meet
The Pleasant Ridge volleyball team welcomed Schlagle and Atchison to its home gym Thursday evening.

What followed was mixed results for the Lady Rams, who beat Schlagle 25-8, 25-9 but lost to Atchison 19-25, 22-25.

“I don’t think we played up to our potential and kind of struggled with our confidence on the court,” PR coach Amy Bergman said. “We didn’t play horrible, but we have a lot of room for improvement.”

Ashten Langley led the team in kills with seven, plus three blocks and three aces, while Holly Ewert added five kills and three aces. Jordan Adams was the team leader in aces with nine to go along with four blocks.

PR will compete in the Nemaha Valley Tournament this Saturday at 9 a.m.