Leavenworth, Pleasant Ridge both lose two while Saint Mary inches closer to .500 mark

Taking its show on the road Thursday, the Immaculata volleyball team didn’t miss a beat.
The Lady Raiders swept host Bishop Seabury in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18, to push its overall record to 14-4 on the year.
“We beat a good team tonight that has beaten some sound teams this year,” Imac coach Dan Schmidt said. “Our defense was again good to us and if we can just continue to improve on that, we can be really good.”
Mary Thorne was once again the team leader in kills on the evening while Megan Abbott led the squad in passing percentage.
Immaculata will host Jefferson County North and Valley Falls Tuesday at 5 p.m.

LV drops two at Olathe North
Two more defeats were strapped to the Leavenworth volleyball team’s record Thursday.
Competing at Olathe North, the Pioneers lost 15-25, 25-16, 12-25 to its host and then were swept by Shawnee Mission South 18-25, 20-25.
“We need to learn how to win and we need to learn how to push each other to win,” LV coach Josh Padilla said. “Our baseline is too low and we are accepting mediocre. We need to be more competitive and develop a fire.”
Tyler Johnson delivered 10 blocks in each match while Hali Anderson led the team in kills. Padilla also highlighted Michelle Tennant for her “usual, all-around great performance.”
Leavenworth, 2-10, will compete in the Louisburg Tournament Saturday.

Ridge swept in Jeff West
The Pleasant Ridge volleyball team smashed into some stiff competition Thursday.
Traveling to Jefferson West, the squad was defeated 7-25, 10-25 by its host and then lost 23-25, 9-25 to Tonganoxie.
“We play hard but we ran into two very tough teams,” PR coach Amy Bergman said.
Ashten Langley led the Lady Rams in kills with seven while Kelsey Carpenter had a team high five blocks. Jordan Adams recorded four blocks and four kills.
Ridge, 6-11, will host its senior night at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

USM inches closer to .500
Wednesday night was another step in the right direction for the University of Saint Mary volleyball team.
The Lady Spires went on the road to beat McPherson College 25-12, 25-21, 25-20 to push its overall record to 5-6 and its conference mark to 2-2. Jordyne Seichepine was the team leader in kills with 12 and Aubrey Harris added 13 digs.
USM will compete this weekend in the Kansas Wesleyan tournament.