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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing volleyball to rely on passing and defense

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  • Several freshmen and sophomores will fill spots for Lansing volleyball this season. With several defenders gone, one freshman, two sophomores and one senior will provide defense. “The new defenders are looking strong as we had to replace a tough back row from last season,” said head coach Julie Slater. Freshman Alex Lesniak will be one of those young defensive specialists, and freshman Katelyn Kittrell could get into the front row rotation. Lansing is replacing two setters, but Slater said they have a junior who can get the job done. “Stevie Sherard has great high level club experience, and is looking good and will be running the offense,” she said. While the middle and back of the Lansing volleyball team will be young, the hitters have the needed experience. Senior Amanda Dalbey returns after recording 363 kills and 311 digs last season. Seniors Allyssa Lutgen, Lindsay Davis and Morgan Moss combined for 129 kills a season ago. Sophomore Meghan Tauke was proof that freshmen can be successful. She had 84 kills and 78 blocks last season. Blocks may be difficult to come by, so Slater said the team will have to be fluid on offense and get digs on defense. “We are not a tall squad and that will hurt us when we are up against some of the tall teams we will face,” she said. “We will hang our hat on passing and defense to give us as many opportunities to swing as possible.” Slater added that she has no worries about the new players. “We had a lot of holes to fill, but I believe we will have strong team that should have a successful season,” she said. The season gets started with a road test against Piper at 6 p.m. today.
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