Burros take on Cougars, Lions in volleyball
Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:59 AM
In a week featuring some tough volleyball opponents, the Burros hosted Mabel-Canton on Oct. 9, then traveled to Spring Grove two days later.
Lanesboro (L) vs. Mabel-Canton 15-25, 8-25, 12-25
Mabel-Canton (ranked No. 8 in Class 1A polling) jumped out to an early lead in all three sets, and then kept up the pressure with aggressive serving and a blistering 37 percent in hitting efficiency.
The Burros played a "very scrappy" match, according to M-C coach Lonnie Morken.
Lanesboro was within striking range trailing 14-10 in the first set, and began the second with a couple points as well before the Cougars reeled off runs of 9 and 12 points. "The Burros couldn't keep up," coach Bobbie Vickerman noted later.
Sydney Johnson recorded 2 kills and 4 digs. Madison Ming had 2 kills. Megan Kiehne had 5 digs and an ace serve. Stephanie Erickson had 2 aces. Kaia Hongerholt had 6 digs. Amy Kelley had 3 digs and an ace. Olivia Haug had a kill and a block, as did Bailey Gartner. Linnea Thiss made 4 digs.
For the Cougars, Carly McCabe made 26 assists. Belle Sand hit 8 kills. Kristina Mengis recorded 5 kills, as did Lydia Geving. Danielle Paul and Carly McCabe each made 4 digs. Christine Lee led in ace serves with 5. Paul had 4 aces.
Lanesboro (L) at Spring Grove 17-25, 10-25, 16-25
Both teams struggled at the service line with more errors than aces. While LHS kept only 80 percent of their serves in play, Spring Grove hit only 6 ace serves while committing 13 errors.
The Lions had more kills than miscues in each set while the Burros accomplished that only once. LHS had 10 kills in the first frame and then had only two in each of the final two sets.
Two kills by Madison Ming allowed Lanesboro to score the first point of the match and lead briefly at 2-1, but the Burros played from behind most of the night. LHS hit well in that first set but could not match the Lions' 4 ace blocks and 4 ace serves.
"Our middle players, Olivia and Madison, came out of their shell and accomplished some nice things," Vickerman noted. Unfortunately for the visitors, the Burros could not attack at the net with enough success to stay in contention in the final two sets.
Lion mistakes kept it close in the final set with the score tied at 8-all at one point, and the Burros trailing 13-12 before Spring Grove won the next nine points. "The Burros did not give up, but lost a hard game 16-25," Vickerman noted.
Lion junior Nicki Ellingson led in scoring, hitting 18 kills, 4 blocks and an ace serve. Samantha Bratland put away 4 kills, blocked for 2 points and served one ace. Addison Cross had 24 set assists in addition to scoring 4 kills and one service ace.
For LHS, Ming hit 5 kills, while Haug put away 3. Johnson had 2 kills. Thiss provided 7 assists, while Erickson added 4. Kiehne led the defense with 8 digs. Hongerholt got 6, while Thiss and Erickson each contributed 5 digs. Johnson had 4 digs, while Kelley added 3.
Lanesboro closed the regular season on Oct. 16 at LeRoy-Ostrander. Sub-section seedings were to be set on Oct. 17. The 12-team sub-section 1A East Tournament begins on Monday, Oct. 22, with the top four seeds having byes until hosting the quarterfinal round on Oct. 25. The higher seed will host until the tournament Oct. 27 Saturday afternoon semi-finals, while the Nov. 1 finals are staged at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.