Lansing VB excels in DeSoto; Lansing tennis is statebound; XC and USM VB

A 16-hour day that included a back-and-forth trip to Emporia for the girls’ tennis regionals ended on a strong note for the girls of Lansing High.

The Lions’ doubles teams are Class 5A state bound after two, top three finishes on Saturday and so their season stays alive for one last weekend.

Rachel Long and Marrissa Petros took second-place in doubles, losing a three-set final match to the hosts, 7-3 in the final-set tiebreaker.

Those two beat teammates Sierra Brown and Megan Petros, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) in the semifinals. The defeated Lions rallied for a third-place match rout of Topeka Seaman, 6-0, 6-1.

The two teams are a combined 49-6 on the season and are heading to state despite some emotional ups and downs on this day.

“The dubs had a really emotional day,” Lansing head coach Edward Fenton said. “It all started of with a No. 1 seed for Rachel/Marissa and a No. 4 seed with Sierra/Megan meaning they would face each other in the semis if they both took care of business.  

“It was a tough, three-set, emotional battle between the teams.  Rachel/Marissa had about a 45-minute period to get calmed down before they had to play the final.  I think they were still feeling the emotions from earlier and struggled in the first set. After a nice second set tiebreaker win we just ran out of steam in the third losing it in another tiebreaker.

“Sierra/Megan came out and played some great tennis after their loss in the semis to Rachel/Marissa.  They took out their frustration on the No. 2 seed who was being mentioned as a top team in the state.  They definitely didn’t have a letdown after their loss, if anything it fueled them for the next match.”

Lansing singles players Susan McAlexander and Hope Edmonds were eliminated from state consideration, going 1-3 combined on the day.

“Couldn’t have been more proud of the way Susan and Hope played,” Fenton said. “This was their first opportunity to play at Regionals and they both represented themselves and Lansing well.”

Lions’ volleyball takes DeSoto, beats LVHS

The Lansing Lions’ volleyball team went 6-0 and claimed Saturday’s DeSoto Spikefest, dropping only one set all day – to Leavenworth High School.

Lansing rallied to beat a fired up Leavenworth team 2-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-8) and were led by Lacey Angello’s 14 kills, Rachel Fairbanks’ 12 kills, Katrin Holden’s five kills and the 28-assist performance of Courtney Rexroat.

Lansing also defeated DeSoto 2-0 (Angello 10 kills, Holden eight kills, Fairbanks seven kills), Tonganoxie 2-0 (Angello seven kills, Holden five kills), Wamego 2-0 (Angello 13 kills Rexroat 26 assists), Eudora 2-0 (Angello 13 kills, Fairbanks seven kills) and Gardner 2-0 in the title match (Angello nine kills, Holden six kills).

“We dropped one set all day and it was against Leavenworth, who played amazing in that set,” Lansing head coach Julie Slater said. “We were without our usual libero Alex Lesniak due to injury and Kennedy Farris (played libero) and played really well all day.

“All the girls played well on the day.”

Leavenworth finished 1-3 at the tournament with a 2-1 (13-25, 25-15, 25-22) win over Basehor-Linwood and loses to Lansing, Topeka Hayden 2-0 (25-21, 25-15) and Tonganoxie 2-0 (25-14, 25-22).

Over the course of the day Leavenworth’s Taryn Burks (67 assists), Randi Raymos (34 kills), Jessica Saschen (18 kills, 31 digs), Ayden Bartlett (59 digs) and Maya Raney-Johnson (26 kills) led the way for the Pioneers.

Lansing, Leavenworth XC at SMW

The Lansing girls’ cross country team finished second and their boys ended up in seventh place at the Shawnee Mission West Invitational on Saturday.

The high finisher for the girls was Emma Bresser who ended up in sixth place while Holden Giefer’s 15th-place run netted the top tine for the Lansing boys.

“We were very happy as a staff on our performances for this meet,” Lansing head coach Brian Malm said. “We did not run our full varsity squad on either the boys or girls side and still were competitive. Especially with the girls and where we finished in comparison to 5A opponents Blue Valley Southwest and Leavenworth, both teams are top 10 in the state and for us to finish where we did without our top girl running and a couple coming off injuries, we are ecstatic and excited to get to our next phase of our season.”
As for those Leavenworth Pioneers, the boys took first and were led by Daniel Bohneman who finished in second place with a 16:29, while Tanner Hendrix (4th, 17:04) and Sam Overby (seventh, 17:10) also finished in the Top 10.

The Pioneer girls finished fourth and were led by Faith Knoedler’s ninth-pace run (20.36), Megan Unrath (21.33) and Maddy Walter-Sherrits (21.38).

USM volleyball completes big rally

The University of Saint Mary volleyball team rallied for a 2-set deficit Saturday to pull off a wondrous 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 16-14) win at Bethany.

USM (8-13, 6-6) was led by Kaitlynn Lanier (14 kills), Maleka Benjamin (12 kills), Holly McDowell (11 kills), and Savannah Fillion (10 kills) on offense, while Whitney Rock (49 assists) and Allyssa Koki (31 digs) also played pivotal roles in the win.

“I'm very proud of the girls for fighting through some adversity and for coming back from being down two sets,” USM head coach Amy Refenes said. “We showed a lot of hearts and fights not giving up. Bethany is a hard-working, scrappy team so we are happy to be walking away with a road win over them.”