Ridge honors graduating class with home sweep; Immaculata and Saint Mary defeated at home while Lansing records special win and Leavenworth goes 2-3 at Louisburg

It has been an up-and-down season so far for the Pleasant Ridge volleyball team.
But on Tuesday night, well let’s just say it was a good time.
The Lady Rams celebrated its senior night by sweeping Kansas City Christian, 25-18, 25-18, and McLouth, 25-18, 25-8.
“It was senior night and I thought there were moments we played okay but obviously our last game was our strongest,” PR coach Amy Bergman said. “After the ceremony and with the crowd behind us, I thought the seniors really played well to leave a lasting mark.”
Jordan Adams recorded 16 kills on the night to lead the team while Lauren Zule added six kills and five blocks. Ashten Langley posted six kills and three blocks and Kelsey Carpenter had five kills.
Pleasant Ridge, 8-11, will next play at 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Jackson Heights.
“It was a good way for our seniors to finish off their night,” Bergman said.

Saint Mary hangs tough in loss
A few mistakes here and there tripped up the University of Saint Mary volleyball team on Tuesday.
Hosting Kansas Wesleyan, the Lady Spires played inspired ball according to coach Sarah Johnson.
Yet, self-inflicted miscues hampered the USM squad, who went on to lose 17-25, 24-26, 26-24, 14-25.
“We had an attitude to compete and win tonight so I’m really proud of the girls for that,” Johnson said. “We still made a lot of errors but I hope the attitude we had today will carry over into our practices and matches for the rest of the season.”
Saint Mary, 6-10 overall and 2-3 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, will be at Friends Thursday for a 7 p.m. match.

Imac suffers home losses
A clash of the Delaware Valley League’s top three volleyball teams took place Tuesday at Immaculata.
With Valley Falls and Jefferson County North visiting, the Lady Raiders ended up on the short end of both its contests. VF defeated Imac 25-20, 23-25, 18-25 before JCN took down the home team 19-25, 25-20, 14-25.
“We fought hard and gave a good effort against two really good teams,” Immaculata coach Dan Schmidt said. “We have to eliminate the unforced mistakes that we make though. You just can’t do that against good teams and if you do, they make you pay.”
The Lady Raiders, 14-6, will be at Bishop Seabury on Oct. 4.

Lions squeeze out special win
Though the Lansing volleyball team didn’t play its best Tuesday night, it did get a special win for one of its own.
Freshman Meghan Tauke’s father, who is serving in the U.S. military over in Afghanistan, was in attendance thanks to a three-day leave.
After going back and forth with Tonganoxie, the Lady Lions finally captured the match win when Tauke blocked a Chieftain spike for the game-winning point — all in front of her pops.
“They gave us everything we wanted,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “But we still got the win. We just keep grinding them out and though this one wasn’t pretty, it was really special for Meghan, her father and all of us.”
The night’s final result was 25-10, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24. Tauke finished the evening with four kills and four blocks while Amanda Dalbey added 12 kills and Bri Lozenski had 18 assists.
Lansing, 13-6, will play in an Ottawa tournament Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

LV goes 2-3 at Louisburg Invite
The Leavenworth volleyball team competed in the Louisburg Invitational Saturday where it compiled a 2-3 record.
The Lady Pioneers defeated Fort Scott 25-21, 25-12 and Turner 25-15, 25-19, yet lost to Basehor-Linwood 27-25, 19-25, 20-25, Blue Valley North 12-25, 14-25 and Olathe North 22-25, 18-25.
“The girls played well all weekend,” LV coach Josh Padilla said. “They were very aggressive and really went after it. We just made some key errors at the wrong times.”