LHS sparks LMS to volleyball win
A raucous crowd, electric energy and bleacher stomping are commonplace whenever the Lansing High varsity volleyball team is in the gym, and that was the case Thursday afternoon.
The only differences: It was the Lansing Middle School gym and the varsity players were the ones making the ruckus in the stands.
Consider it an early "welcome to the program" from the high school squad. The LHS players packed the stands, and the eighth-grade A Team gave them plenty to cheer about with a 25-21, 25-21, 15-4 victory over Lexington Trail in the Lions' final home match.
"They were very excited to see the high school girls come in : more excited than they've been all year," LMS coach Chris Elliott said.
The Lions shrugged off an early 10-3 deficit in game one and stormed back with an 8-1 run to tie the game at 11-11. During that span Shelby Kane fired three aces and Tawnee Hall pounded two kills. The teams then traded points to a 15-15 tie before Lori Angello used a trio of kills to spark an 8-0 run that helped put the game away.
A kill and back-to-back aces by Angello ignited a 7-1 run at the start of game two. Hall and Gabby Hacker sprinkled in kills, Hall had three aces and Haylee Marsteller added two aces as the Lions cruised.
Angello opened game three with seven consecutive aces. Hall and Hacker both had kills in the game and Alex Taylor added an ace.
The A Team now is 8-2 and will close out its season at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Tournament.
A Team players are Taylor, Heather Wiehe, Brooke White, Haylee Marsteller, Shelby Kane, Alexis Shanks, Angello, Hall and Hacker. They are coached by Chris Elliott and Courtney Rogers.
Earlier in the day the Lansing White squad dropped a 25-11, 25-13, 16-14 decision to LTMS. White Team players Katherine Overend, Katie Holleran, Alyssa Glowacki, Mackenzie Miller, Marina Pavek, Jo Solberg and Bridget McKenzie.
Lansing Red Team players had the day off. Those players are Brettney Peters, Maggie Hornick, Jennifer Moretine, Meghan Kraft, Megan Dike, Michella Taylor, Melissa Ryan, Alyssa Reynolds, Kayla Yaniro, Jessie Long and Sierra Oxendine.