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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth falls in Dig For A Cure matches

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  • There was a supportive crowd and $1,000 was donated to the KU Cancer Survivorship Center, but the Leavenworth volleyball squad came away with two straight-set losses Tuesday night at Pioneer Stadium.  The 2nd Annual Dig For A Cure Volleyball Match saw three straight-set wins overall, with St. Thomas Aquinas beating Mill Valley 2-0 in the second match of the night.   The Pioneers lost 25-18 and 25-16 to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints to start the event, and lost 25-20 and 25-20 to the Mill Valley Jaguars to end the night.  Breast cancer survivors were honored and there was a moment of silence for those who have fallen after the first match.   Before the first match, a parachuting team delivered the game ball to the field.   The Pioneers showed some fight at times by coming back in sets, but ultimately lost all four sets on the night.  “It's all about communication,” said head coach Josh Padilla. “We do it in spurts. As far as communication and sticking to our game plan, one thing that we've had trouble the past two years is mental toughness. Being able to get a lead and sustain it, and being able to fight and push ourselves through it.”  Tyler Johnson and Michelle Tennant led the Pioneers with five and four kills in the first match, respectively.   “There's moments of brilliance where you say, 'Wow it's awesome,'” Padilla said. “Then there's moment when you're like, 'Oh my God what's going on.'”  Sydney Moon recorded 11 assists in the second match for Leavenworth.  “I saw a lot of kids execute the game plan, which was nice to see,” Padilla said. “Being our first game of the season, you always hope for a win, but at least we know what to work on.”  As mentioned earlier, communication will be one area the team wants to work on, but passing and defense is on Padilla's list as well.   “It's probably something the we as coaches need to set a different tone during practice just to establish a couple of different things,” Padilla said.  The Pioneers will have until Sept. 12 to get ready for their next matches, when they will be at home again at 4 p.m. 
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