LHS volleyball nabs tourney title
For the third straight year the Lansing High volleyball team is the champion of the Garnett-Anderson County Tournament.
The Lions (25-9) posted a 5-0 record at the tournament and edged Iola in a three-game thriller, 22-25, 25-16, 28-26, to lock up the title on Saturday at Anderson County High School.
"We looked good," LHS coach Julie Slater said of her squad's performance. "We faltered a little bit in the championship match. The first game we didn't play well, and their style was different so we had to adjust, but we did."
Lansing cruised to a 25-15, 25-19 victory over Prairie View in the first match of the day. LHS then rolled over Fort Scott, 25-16, 25-14.
Labette County presented a stiff midday challenge, but Lansing prevailed, 25-22, 23-25, 25-15. LHS then disposed of Anderson County, 25-15, 25-14, and advanced to the finals.
Iola pulled out a close victory in game one, and then it put the Lions on their heels again in game two. Trailing 10-2, the Lions never lost their focus. Instead, they pulled together and responded with a vengeance.
"That was awesome to see them do that," Slater said. " When you lose the first game and then you're down 10-2, it's not looking real good. It's tough to come back from that, so I was real proud of them."
The Lions played without senior Kate Courtney who missed the tournament with a nagging back injury. Sophomore Brittney Lang and senior Jessie Delinger earned All-Tournament Team honors, but it took a balanced attack for the Lions to win.
Slater praised the contributions of senior Elizabeth Cristiano and junior Sara Logan. Both players filled a variety of roles to help compensate for Courtney's absence. Cristiano provided a big boost defensively, and Logan was a weapon both offensively and defensively.
Lang led LHS with 33 kills. Rachel Milnark had 33, Delinger pounded 25 and Kristen Jensen chipped in 19. Sara Logan and Erin Griffen added eight kills apiece. Breanne Sanders had 53 assists and Jensen added 52.
Lang had a team-high 19 blocks and Logan had 13. Senior Riann Deere had a team-high 53 digs. Katie Nietzke added 28 digs, Morgan Chiles had 25 and Milnark chipped in 16.
Lansing next plays at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Class 5A substate tournament at Topeka West.