Leavenworth volleyball hosts first ever outdoor match; Saint Mary dropped in straight sets

Pink was plastered everywhere.
From shirts to signs to balloons, even the volleyballs and court sported the breast cancer awareness color. Everything and almost everyone had some sort pink on at Leavenworth’s home triangular Thursday — save for the bright, yet somewhat cloudy, blue skies above.
For its annual Dig for the Cure match, which raises funds for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness and research organization, the Lady Pioneers hosted its first ever outdoor volleyball match.
With a court built at the 50-yard line inside Pioneer Stadium, fans and students packed the sidelines and bleachers to not only cheer on its team, but help a good cause.
“I thought the night went really well,” LV coach Josh Padilla said. “Everyone was excited about it — the kids, the other schools, the parents. I was really happy with the amount of students that showed up and their school spirit.”
As far as the results, the Lady Pioneers came through by beating Shawnee Mission Northwest 25-11, 23-25, 25-12 before losing to Olathe Northwest 16-25, 20-25.
“I thought we did fairly well,” Padilla said. “I liked the fact that we went right after Shawnee Mission Northwest and took care of business for the most part.”
However, the night wasn’t so much about what took place on the court or even where that court was, but the funds heading to a greater need.
“We didn’t count it up yet because for the seven hours it took us to set up, it took us only 30 minutes to tear down,” Padilla said. “But I know we raised a good amount and really, that’s all that matters.”
Leavenworth will be at Topeka West for a 5 p.m. match on Tuesday.

Saint Mary falls quickly to Friends
The University of Saint Mary volleyball team lost in straight sets Thursday to conference foe Friends University.
By a score of 14-25,15-25,18-25, USM suffered its fifth straight loss. Haley Eastburn had six kills on the night, Danielle Dowdy added 13 assists and Amelia Noll had 16 digs.
The Lady Spires, 6-11 overall, 2-4 in league play, will play at Tabor Saturday at 7 p.m.