Leavenworth fizzles out after strong start in loss; Saint Mary beat on the road again

Looks can be deceiving and after polishing off Bishop Ward 25-20 in its opening game Wednesday, the Leavenworth volleyball team seemed to be in cruise control.
However, the Cyclones caused everything to slowly slip out of control when in the second game the visitors won 25-19. From there, Ward never looked back.
The visitors took the next two sets, 25-20, 25-23, to topple the Lady Pioneers in Leavenworth’s final home meet of the regular season.
“We just didn’t show up to play,” LV coach Josh Padilla said. “We weren’t mentally prepared and it showed. Skill wise we are there. The biggest area of improvement that we need is to mentally get focused on winning every time out.”
Not much went right for the Lady Pioneers after that first set. Passes, kills, blocks that were being made early in the night began to go awry for Leavenworth. After two losses, the home team seem to snap out of its funk but it was too little, too late.
LV, 7-22, will compete in the Topeka Highland Park Tournament Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
“We got the Highland Tournament Saturday and then its substate next week, so we have to get locked in,” Padilla said. “That starts with the captains and seniors and then goes down, and hopefully we can turn this around.”

Saint Mary beat on the road — again
For the second time this week, the University of Saint Mary volleyball team lost in straight sets in unfamiliar confines.
Just two days after losing in Ottawa, the Lady Spires went back on the road Wednesday and were beat 25-14, 25-19, 25-14 by Sterling College.
USM, 3-8 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and 7-15 overall, will return home Friday to host Benedictine at 7 p.m.