Saint Mary hammers Bethany to snap skid; Lansing, Immaculata and Leavenworth all suffer losses

Losing can be contagious.
Like a snowball starting an avalanche, teams can fall into ruts and find themselves suffering through long losing streaks. For the University of Saint Mary volleyball team, their skid lasted six games.
Yet on Tuesday, the losing stopped as the Lady Spires manhandled visiting Bethany 25-21, 25-27, 25-22 and 25-17.
“Our offense was attacking and able to execute,” USM coach Sarah Johnson said. “We were able to finally but some things together.”
Leading the way for Saint Mary were senior Amelia Noll and freshman Haley Eastburn, who both garnered the praise of their head coach.
“Amelia Noll had a fantastic game from passing to defense. She was huge for us in every way,” Johnson said. “Haley Eastburn had a great night too and I thought this was the first night she really busted out.”
USM, 7-12 overall and 3-5 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, will host Bethel at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“We still have some ball control issues that I want us to clean up,” Johnson said. “Some of our offensive sets need to be polished up, but this was a great start.”

Lansing loses thrilling match
In a battle for the top spot in the Kaw Valley League standings, the Lansing volleyball team hosted Mill Valley on Tuesday.
By night’s end, every set the two teams played came down to two points and on this particular evening, the ball fell in favor of the visiting Lady Jaguars.
Mill Valley defeated Lansing 25-23, 25-27, 25-23 and 25-23 to remain perfect in league play.
“Tonight was just a great volleyball match,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “The girls played great defense and we came up on the short end. But we played with heart and effort and passion, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach. I was very proud.”
Statistically speaking, Ashley Linaweaver had 22 digs while Amanda Dalbey recorded 18 to go along with 18 kills and eight blocks. Jenna Hoyt added 13 digs and 14 assists and Bri Lozenski contributed 15 assists.
Charlotte Moe finished with seven kills and five blocks while Paige Brandt had five kills and five blocks. Lansing, 9-8, will travel to Blue Valley North Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. match.

Raiders split at McLouth
The Immaculata volleyball team left McLouth Tuesday with mixed results.
First, the Lady Raiders lost 20-25, 18-25 to Valley Falls before defeating its hosts 25-12, 25-12.
Mary Thorne led the team in kills while Maggie Campbell was second. Imac, now 15-7, will host West Platte and North Platte at 5 p.m. Monday.
“We played well overall, but to get better we have to eliminate some of the mistakes we caused,” Immaculata coach Dan Schmidt said. “It was a good effort, just need to keep improving.”

Leavenworth swept in Topeka
While the Leavenworth volleyball team played competitively Tuesday, the squad could not get over the hump against Topeka West.
The Lady Pioneers lost in straight sets — 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 — to its hosts.
“The effort was there,” LV coach Josh Padilla said. “We literally worked too hard rather than smart as we didn't read the ball and react.”
Leavenworth will be at Lawrence Free State on Thursday for a 5 p.m. match.