LHS volleyball was in good hands with All-Staters Lang, Bates
The postseason volleyball honors continue to pour in for Lansing High juniors Brittney Lang and Julia Bates.
A week after being named to the Kansas Volleyball Association All-State Tournament Team for their play during the Class 5A state tournament, both were recognized as All-State performers.
Lang, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, was one of seven players named to the first team. Bates, a 5-foot-10 setter/outside hitter, was one of seven second-team selections.
Bishop Miege setter Kate Van Dyke joined Lang as the only juniors on the first team. Seniors Allison Mayfield and Leah Cullen of state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, Camri Zweisler of Newton, Kathleen Ludwig of Miege and Jamie Starling of Gardner-Edgerton also were on the first team.
Lang was dominant in multiple areas for the Lions this season. She was the team leader in kills (341), hitting efficiency (.462) and blocks (99), and she was second in digs (159) and aces (41). In addition, her 254 points were the third-highest single-season total in program history behind Brianne Mathews (293 in 2001) and teammate Kristen Jensen (278 this year).
Bates was joined on the second team by Great Bend junior Caitlyn Murray, Valley Center junior Brianna Kaiser, Topeka Seaman junior Audrey Horton, Aquinas senior Sarah Liekteig, Seaman senior Rachael Solis and Miege senior Jackie Church.
Bates was consistent all year for LHS, but she was at her very best during the state tournament when she was an efficient hitter in day one and then became the primary setter on day two after Jensen suffered a head injury.
Bates was one of Lansing's top all-around performers this season. She was second on the team in assists with 311, third in aces with 40, third in blocks with 37, fourth in kills with 153 and fourth in digs with 122.
3 FROM THS HONORED
Three volleyball players from Kaw Valley League rival Tonganoxie landed on the Class 4A All-State teams. Senior outside hitter Sami Franiuk was a first-team selection, senior outside hitter Tracie Hileman made the second team and senior libero Hannah Herrstrom was an honorable mention selection.