LHS nets Senior Night sweep
In typical Lansing High volleyball fashion, Senior/Parent Night was loaded with heart and soul Tuesday at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
Seniors Kate Courtney, Elizabeth Cristiano, Riann Deere and Jessie Delinger and their parents were recognized and presented with gifts. Assistant coach Amy Turner read head coach Julie Slater's comments about each of the seniors. Tears were shed. Hugs were shared.
As a final tribute, the underclassmen stepped up their game and sent the seniors out with a pair of victories. Lansing routed Perry-Lecompton, 25-12, 25-12, and then disposed of Basehor-Linwood, 25-19, 25-9.
"It's our last home game of this year, and for four of us it's our last home game ever, so we were just motivated," Deere said of the Lions' strong all-around performance. "I've been waiting for this night since I was seven years old."
Neither outcome ever was in doubt. That had to do with both the difference in talent level and how sharp the Lions were all night.
After an early 3-2 deficit in game one against Perry, Lansing unleashed a 10-2 run that was aided by numerous Perry hitting errors. The Kaws eventually closed to within 16-12, but the Lions slammed the door with a game-ending 9-0 run that included two blocks by Brittney Lang and another by Delinger.
In game two, Lang pounded two kills and had two more blocks in a 12-2 run that put the game away early.
After a slow start against Basehor, LHS warmed up and took care of business. Delinger smashed nine kills in game one and Lang added two more as the Lions cruised.
Basehor took a 2-1 lead in game two, but Lansing exploded on an 11-1 run that essentially ended the game. Kristen Jensen fired two aces, Delinger thumped two more kills. Two kills by Erin Griffen extended the lead before a four-ace flurry by Lang and another Griffen kill sealed the lopsided victory.
Lang said it was important to the underclassmen that they send the seniors out victorious in their final home matches.
"We try to help them out and we want to make it the best year of their volleyball career, so we all work hard and we just played our best," she said.
Delinger led LHS with 24 kills and four blocks. Lang added nine kills, six blocks and eight aces. Rachel Milnark had six kills. Kate Courtney had three kills and two blocks. Deere posted a team-high 12 digs.
Lansing (20-9) next plays at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Garnett Tournament. It's the Lions' final regular-season competition before Class 5A substate play begins.
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