Lions eye state volleyball trip
After a rocky, roller coaster of a regular season, the Lansing High volleyball team appears to be gliding toward a smooth finish.
The Lions enter the Class 5A substate tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday at Topeka West High School playing as good as they have all season. They've won seven straight matches and collected a tournament title at Anderson County last week.
"They're doing very well," Slater said. "I'm pretty pleased with them right now."
Lansing (25-9) enters substate as the No. 2-seed and will play No. 7-seed Bonner Springs (4-29) in the first round. A victory there would put LHS in the substate finals against the winner of No. 3-seed Topeka Seaman (22-14) and No. 6-seed Topeka West (10-26).
Slater said she likes her team's draw, especially since Lansing stayed on the opposite side of the bracket from Shawnee Heights, the No. 1-seed and third-ranked team in the state.
"I think it looks good for us," Slater said. "We're certainly going to have to work to get past Seaman. They're a good team, and their record is deceptive because they play a lot of the big schools. We'll have to work to beat them, but that's what the goal is."
Lansing lost a heartbreaker to Seaman in the substate finals last year. The loss snapped a streak of five straight state tournament trips for the Lions. They've been to state seven of the last nine years and 11 times in program history.
Slater said she's eager for the tournament to begin, and she said her players are, too.
"I have a bunch of girls who would like to go to the state tournament," she said. "We're excited for it."