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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Volleyball roundup: Lady Lions sweep Basehor

  • Lansing needs only three sets to put away league rival Bobcats. Saint Mary, Immaculata also nail down victories and Leavenworth, Pleasant Ridge suffer defeats.
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  • Rivalries are always fun and the Lansing volleyball team enjoyed its latest reunion with Basehor on Thursday.
    Welcoming its Kaw Valley League foe into its home gymnasium, the Lady Lions made quick work of the Lady Bobcats, beating its visitors 25-21, 25-13 and 25-18.
    "Basehor has a good little team and it's always kind of a rivalry when we play Basehor so it was a good win," Lansing coach Julie Slater said. "We played pretty well and I was pleased with the effort."
    Lansing had little trouble with its visitors, streaking through points during all three sets to garner the sweep.
    Amanda Dalbey led the team in kills with 16 while Charlotte Moe had six. Ashley Linaweaver included 16 digs and Paige Brandt pitched in 15. Bri Lozenski contributed 20 assists and Jenna Hoyt added 12.
    The Lady Lions, 9-5 and 2-0 in conference, will play at Bonner Springs at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
    Pioneers swept in Lawrence
    It was a learning experience for the Leavenworth volleyball team on Thursday.
    The Lady Pioneers fell in defeat twice when it traveled to Lawrence. First, the hosts took down LV in straight sets and then Olathe South topped the squad 25-19, 25-17.
    Yet even with the losses, which head coach Josh Padilla attributed to a night of poor passing, improvement was made.
    "The positives from tonight were the girls played a lot better as a team," Padilla said. "Even when things got rough, they stuck together so we are definitely moving in the right direction."
    Leavenworth, 2-8, will travel to Blue Valley North Thursday for a 5 p.m. quad.
    Maur Hill no match for Imac
    Though the Immaculata volleyball team suffered its first loss in over two weeks, Thursday night was a good one for the Lady Raiders.
    The squad first played Maur Hill-Mount, who they easily dispatched 25-16, 25-10. After that the main feature took place when Imac faced Bishop Miege, the No. 1 team in the state and No. 15 ranked team in the nation.
    Ultimately, the Class 5A team was too much for Immaculata, beating the hosts 25-12, 25-14, but coach Dan Schmidt was pleased with his team's performance.
    "We played with them for a little bit so I was happy with the effort," Schmidt said. "It's always a good learning experience to play a team that good and we didn't back down."
    Mary Thorne led Imac in kills for the second straight night while Molly Abbott was runner-up. The Raider coach also highlighted Grace Parker and Lainey Bell for their passing.
    Imac, 9-2, will play in the Hiawatha Tournament on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
    PR plagued by injury, sickness
    Page 2 of 2 - The Pleasant Ridge volleyball team is not at full strength and it showed on Thursday.
    With injuries and sickness hitting its varsity roster hard, the Lady Rams hosted Tonganoxie with only eight players.
    Those players had to play in new roles on the fly and the results showed — the Lady Chieftains won 25-9, 25-21, 25-11.
    "We only have eight healthy players right now and I think as we heal up and get back on the court together, we will be okay," PR coach Amy Bergman said. "It's a trying time, but we'll make it."
    Ridge, 5-8, will travel to McLouth on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. triangular with Jefferson County North.
    Saint Mary pulls out road win
    An up-and-down evening ended in exhilaration for the University of Saint Mary volleyball team Thursday.
    The Lady Spires won 25-15, lost 25-20, won 25-8, lost 25-23 and then won 15-10 over host Southwestern to tally its first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference victory in 2012.
    USM, 1-2 in the KCAC and 4-4 overall, will partake in a tournament at Avila this Saturday.

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