Lansing Invitational boasts tough volleyball competition
During 11 previous editions of the Lansing Invitational Tournament, Lansing High volleyball coach Julie Slater never has been shy about bringing in tough competition.
The same can be said for the 12th annual tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
Among the tournament's 10 teams are Washburn Rural, the third-place team in Class 6A in 2005, and Shawnee Mission West, the fourth-place finisher in 6A last year.
In addition to Rural, SM West and Lansing, other teams in the tournament are Basehor-Linwood, De Soto, Louisburg, Piper, Sabetha, Shawnee Mission North and Spring Hill.
Rural, the 2004 Class 6A state champion, won last year's Lansing Invitational. The Junior Blues aren't expected to be quite as feared this year, though, because they lost stars Kaylee Manns and Kelsey Chipman to NCAA Division I programs.
The tournament will consist of both pool play and bracket play. First, five teams - Lansing, Spring Hill, Piper, De Soto and Washburn Rural - will compete in pool play matches at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium. The other five teams - Sabetha, Louisburg, SM North, SM West and Basehor-Linwood - will play their pool play matches at Lansing Middle School.
When pool play is over, the tournament field will be reseeded and bracket play will begin at 2:30 p.m. The top two teams from each pool will play in the championship semifinals at LHS. The third- and fourth-place teams from each pool will play in the consolation semifinals at LMS.