Playing in the friendly confines of its home gymnasium, the Lansing volleyball team hosted its annual invitational on Saturday.
From morning until afternoon, the Lady Lions put in a full day’s work of volleyball before finishing in second place behind Olathe Northwest.
In fact, Northwest was the only team to beat Lansing on the day as the home team won four out of its six matches.
“I felt that the girls played really tough defensively,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “I was pleased with our offense and our two setters Bri Lozenski and Jenna Hoyt did a great job of distributing the sets. Team chemistry is really good; It was a good day for us and I was proud of the girls.”
In pool play, the red and white finished 3-1 after beating Piper 25-15, 25-23, Spring Hill 25-14, 25-14 and Shawnee Mission North 25-7, 25-18. The team lost to Northwest 25-22, 25-21.
Lansing then defeated Louisburg 19-25, 25-22 and 25-22 in the semifinals before falling to Northwest again, 25-14, 20-25 and 25-16, in the championship.
Amanda Dalbey had 47 kills on the day, Charlotte Moe added 23 blocks and Ashley Linaweaver contributed 25 digs to the Lady Lions’ cause.
Lansing, 6-4, will travel to Bishop Ward for a conference showdown tonight at 6 p.m.
Pioneers earn mixed results at Baldwin
The Leavenworth volleyball team competed in the Baldwin Invite on Saturday.
During pool play, the squad defeated Bonner Springs 25-18, 25-14 and Wellsville 27-25, 25-23, yet loss to Blue Valley Southwest 25-14, 25-14 and Paola 25-12, 25-15.
In bracket play, the Lady Pioneers fell to Baldwin 25-11, 25-18 before beating Perry 27-25, 25-21 to capture seventh from the competition.
“We continue to progress as a team,” LV coach Josh Padilla said.
“There are times we have moments of brilliance and times when we internalize, as individuals, what is going on around us. We still have some work to do, but don’t count us out.”
Leavenworth, 4-6, will play at Lawrence on Thursday at 5 p.m.
PR has good moments in Nemaha Valley
On Saturday, the Pleasant Ridge volleyball team walked away from the Nemaha Valley Tournament even stevens.
The Lady Rams racked up two wins, but also two losses in the day-long competition. To begin, Ridge lost to Marysville 25-19, 25-11 before beating McLouth 25-23, 25-20. In its third game, PR lost to Nemaha 25-14, 25-18 and finished the day toppling Horton 25-17, 25-21.
“The girls had good moments and played together throughout the tournament,” Lady Rams coach Amy Bergman said.
“Although we are still experimenting with the rotation, I have a huge amount of respect for the setters, Brooke Wagner and Kimberly Barber, and all that they bring to the team. We would not be as strong without them leading.”
Page 2 of 2 - Kelsey Carpenter had 16 kills and seven blocks for the tourney while Ashten Langley contributed 17 kills and 11 blocks. Jordan Adams added 18 kills and Holly Ewert pitched in 15 to go along with 12 aces.
Ridge, 4-6, will travel to Valley Falls, joining Oskaloosa, tonight for a triangular that starts at 5 p.m.
Spires go 2-2 at tournament in Avila
The University of Saint Mary Volleyball team competed in the Avila Tournament over the weekend.
Starting on Friday, the Lady Spires dispatched Stephens College 22-25, 25-16, 32-30 and 25-21 and then beat Bacone College 25-10, 25-21, 25-17.
The tourney took a drastic change, however, on Saturday for USM when the squad lost 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 to Northwestern College and then 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 to Central Methodist University.
The Lady Spires, 3-3, will host Sterling College tonight at 7 p.m.