Winning is becoming second nature to the 2012 Immaculata volleyball team.
Hosting its first triangular of the season Tuesday, the Lady Raiders dismantled Kansas City Christian, 25-16, 25-7 and then McLouth 25-10, 25-10. The squad, who hasn’t tasted defeat since its opening tournament, is now 8-1 on the year.
“We played well,” Imac coach Dan Schmidt said. “We covered the floor really well and I thought our defense again stood out. If we can continue to be consistent, we can be really good.”
It was a business-like effort from the Lady Raiders. Behind great defense and timely volleys, Immaculata ran out to early leads in every set before cruising to large victories.
A big contributor to that effort was Mary Thorne, one of six seniors experiencing their final high school home opener, who led the team in kills.
“There are always a little nerves but as the night went on, I thought they really settled in,” Schmidt said of his team playing at home for the first time. “All nine girls continued to play well tonight.”
Immaculata will face its toughest test of the season on Thursday when Bishop Miege, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 5A, and Maur Hill-Mount Academy visit. Matches start at 5 p.m.
Pleasant Ridge drops DVL?foe Oskaloosa
Tuesday brought a new look for the Pleasant Ridge volleyball team.
Due to an injury to one of it’s starters, the Lady Rams had to shuffle the deck, so to speak, before it traveled to Valley Falls. The redesigned lineup delivered a 25-10, 25-18 win over Oskaloosa, but also a 25-22, 25-15 loss to Valley Falls.
“I thought we did well considering the situation,” PR coach Amy Bergman said. “We had to shift people around to different positions that they were not used to, but overall I thought they did really well with just two hours of practice to get ready for this.”
Statistical leaders for Ridge included Abby Reed with four aces, Ashten Langley recording three aces, five blocks and eight kills while Jordan Adams knocked down seven kills and four aces. Kelsey Carpenter tallied two blocks and three kills.
“I was really impressed with how everyone stepped up into their new roles,” Bergman said. “We moved Kelsey Carpenter from middle to outside and I thought she handled it really well.”
Pleasant Ridge, 5-7, will host Tonganoxie at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Lansing straight set winners
A slow start was forgotten quickly Tuesday by the Lansing volleyball team, who went on the road and beat Bishop Ward.
The Lady Lions displaced the Cyclones 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 to capture its second Kaw Valley League win of the season.
“We played a little slow and sluggish after playing all day on Saturday,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “It is our second win in the KVL so we are excited about that.”
Amanda Dalbey led the team in kills with seven while Bri Lozenski was the team leader in assists with 13. Ashley Linaweaver had seven digs on the night and Charlotte Moe added four blocks.
Lansing, 7-4, will host Basehor-Linwood on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Spires tripped up by Sterling
Still in search of its first conference win, the University of Saint Mary volleyball team hosted Sterling on Tuesday.
Things started off well when the Lady Spires won the first set 25-22. Yet from there, the evening unraveled. Sterling won 25-18, 25-21 and 28-26 to capture the match victory.
USM, 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the KCAC, will head to Southwestern Thursday for a 7 p.m. showdown.