Lansing volleyball picked up its 20th consecutive win and clinched its second-straight United Kansas Conference Championship Tuesday with a 3-1 win against Shawnee Heights at home.
Both the Lions and the Thunderbirds came into the matchup undefeated in the UKC.
Shawnee Heights started the match in control jumping out to a 5-2 lead.
The Lions got going and went on an 8-0 run fueled by kills from Caroline Crawford and Karli Schmidt to go up 10-5 forcing a Thunderbirds time out.
Coming out of the break, Shawnee Heights began whittling at the 5-point lead but the closest they got was 14-12 before the Lions closed the set out by a score of 25-18 on a kill by Amelia Van Der Werff.
The second set began with a kill by Crawford to put the Lions on the board first. Down 8-5, the Thunderbirds took three-straight points to tie the match and climbed on top 10-9.
From there, Shawnee Heights kept the lead but Lansing was able to keep within 3 points and tie on two occasions but dropped the set 25-22, tying the match at 1-1.
Lansing began the third set by rushing out to a 9-3 lead but Shawnee Heights scored six straight to tie it up.
Both teams traded points until the Lions took control and won the set 25-18 on another Van Der Werff kill.
The Thunderbirds took a 2-0 lead to open the fourth set but the Lions bounced back quick going up 7-3.
Shawnee Heights kept the score close and got within one point but kills from Sam Moburg and Van Der Werff helped the Lions climb to a 14-9 lead.
Lansing went on to outscore the Thunderbirds 11-3 to close out the match 25-13.
The varsity Lions weren’t the only champions, Lansing’s freshman and junior varsity teams also clinched UKC Championships with wins against Shawnee Heights Tuesday.
"It makes me very proud," Lions' head coach Julie Slater said. "You know, we have a great coaching staff and a lot of players that work very hard. They've waited for their turn to be here and it's really awesome."
Crawford picked up 11 kills and nine blocks.
Schmidt led the Lions with 24 kills, two blocks and four digs.
Van Der Werf tallied nine kills and three blocks.
Moburg finished the match with 11 kills.
McKinzie Weaver led the Lions in assists with 29. She also added four kills and six digs.
Caitlin Bishop was second in assists with 24. She also had 16 digs and only one unforced error.
Kamryn Farris was the dig leader with 20.
Lansing’s next match Thursday where they will host Shawnee Mission-Northwest and Shawnee Mission-West. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Lansing High School.
In other action
Basehor-Linwood defeated Leavenworth in three sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-17) Monday to move to 30-5 on the season.
The Bobcats’ next match is Tuesday where they will face Shawnee Heights on the road. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Pleasant Ridge defeated Atchison County Community High School in two sets (25-12, 25-7) and Maur Hill in two sets (25-23, 25-19) to improve to 23-6 on the season.
"Our team was ready for this (senior) night," head coach Joy Ewert said. "There wasn't one person on that court that wanted to lose and wanted to give it their all for this special group of seniors."
The Lady Rams are now in a three-way tie for first place in the Northeast Kansas League with Jackson Heights and Oskaloosa. They will face Jackson Heights and Valley Falls at 5 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Heights.