LHS volleyball wins tourney, secures No. 1 seed
The Lansing High volleyball team tore through its first four matches before rallying past Iola in the championship match on Saturday at the Anderson County Tournament in Garnett.
In doing so, Lansing (28-3) also secured the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A sub-state tournament this Saturday at Shawnee Heights. The sub-state's next two best teams - Shawnee Heights and Mill Valley - both struggled over the weekend. Heights went 2-2 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Invitational, while Mill Valley went 1-4 at the Olathe South Invitational.
At Anderson County, Lansing dominated its opponents in pool play. It drilled Fort Scott, 25-9, 25-13, in the opener and then disposed of Prairie View, 25-19, 25-19. Burlington proved to be a bit tougher, but LHS still won, 25-22, 25-18.
Lansing then beat Labette County, 25-14, 25-23, to earn a berth in the tournament finals.
LHS squared off with Iola in the championship match, and it turned into a slugfest. Iola took game one, 20-25, before LHS responded with a 25-16 victory in game two. That set up game three, which went down to the wire and beyond. Lansing rallied midway through the match and repeatedly fought off match point before squeaking out a 30-28 victory.
"It was just nip and tuck the whole way during that final match," LHS coach Julie Slater said. "They were a really good team and it was just a battle. We fought off game point in the end I don't know how many times. Everybody played well and did their part."
Seniors Casey Welch and Dayna Norwood earned All-Tournament Team honors, as did junior Kate Courtney.
Slater praised Courtney and senior Lauren Griffen for their strong defensive effort at the net, while Norwood, Welch and senior Keele McLaurin led the team in digs. Slater said Courtney, Welch, Griffen, Jessie Delinger and Riann Deere all were steady contributors on offense, and she said senior setters Dana Sanders and Whitney Lozenski did a nice job running the offense.
Lansing will play its final tuneup matches at 5 p.m. Tuesday when it faces Mill Valley, Aquinas and Olathe South at the Mill Valley Quadrangular.