Lions close in on volleyball league title
Kansas City, Kan. The Lansing High volleyball team moved two steps closer to a Kaw Valley League championship Tuesday as it won a pair of matches against Piper and Bishop Ward.
The Lions were sluggish during a 25-18, 25-22 victory over Piper before turning up the intensity in a 25-17, 25-10 waxing of Ward.
Lansing improved to 28-1 this season and 6-0 in the KVL with two league matches remaining. LHS will try to close out a perfect league season on Oct. 9 when it travels to Carbondale to take on Santa Fe Trail and Bonner Springs.
Santa Fe is the defending league champion, and LHS coach Julie Slater said her squad would have to be sharp in order to win.
"You can't ever look past Santa Fe," Slater said. "There's a good rivalry there, and they're always good so we'll have to play well."
Lansing wasn't at its best Tuesday night, but it was efficient enough to win both matches in two games.
LHS cruised its way through game one against Piper but had to rally to win game two. Lisa Angello had eight kills in the match, Brittney Lang had six and Rachel Milnark added four. In addition, Lang had six aces. Kristen Jensen paced the offense with 11 assists and Julia Bates added seven.
Lansing was much more poised against Ward. The Lions bolted to a 5-1 lead in game one, weathered a rally that saw the Cyclones pull within 19-17, and then closed with a 6-0 run.
The Lions used a pair of Angello aces and two kills by Sara Logan to build a 15-5 lead in game two before putting the match away comfortably.
In addition to next week's league matches, LHS will travel to Class 4A No. 1-ranked St. James Academy on Oct. 11 for a triangular with St. James and Maranatha Academy. Lansing then closes out the regular season Oct. 13 at the Anderson County-Garnett Tournament before heading to the Class 5A substate tournament.
LHS STAYS AT NO. 4
The Lions retained their No. 4 ranking in Kansas Class 5A in the latest Kansas Volleyball Association poll. Bishop Miege maintained the top spot with a 24-1 record, St. Thomas Aquinas is second at 21-2, Newton is third at 25-1 and Topeka Seaman is fifth at 17-5. Mill Valley (20-5) and Emporia (18-8) are receiving votes for the poll.