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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Passing costs Lady Pioneers in final home match

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  • After the first set it seemed like Leavenworth was on its way to another win, but the other three sets went Shawnee Heights’ way. The first set was close all the way through with the Lady Pioneers winning 25-22, but the Lady Thunderbirds took the final three sets by a combined 22 points. “Like any other team, if you can’t pass you can’t play,” said head coach Josh Padilla. “For us to run the offense we just need to pass and we had a really rough time with it.” There were times in each of the final three sets when Leavenworth tried to make a run to come back, but the Lady Thunderbirds were able to stop the momentum. In the final set, Leavenworth kept it close in the first 10 points, but Shawnee Heights pulled away to a 25-15 win. “Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Padilla said. “There are times when our passing hasn’t been fabulous, but today it totally went away.” The Lady Pioneers have a busy road stretch now with a quad at Topeka-Seaman today, a dual with Bishop Ward on Wednesday and the Emporia Tournament on Saturday. “It’s just a matter of recovering from this one,” Padilla said. “At this particular point, there’s going to be no time to work on anything. It’s just the matter of the girls making changes on the fly.”

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