Despite improved teamwork and net play, the Lanesboro volleyball team suffered two setbacks on its home court last week, losing in straight sets to Houston and Lyle/Pacelli on Sept. 11 and 13, respectively.

LHS vs. Houston

LHS coach Bobbie Vickerman noted the progress of her Burros following Tuesday's match, which featured kills from all positions and opportunities to pull off wins in the first and third sets. Houston won 25-23, 25-21, 27-25.

"All three games had exciting volleys and aggressive play," Vickerman said, "however; the Burros were unable to pull out a win. Olivia Haug really improved her net play and Kaia Hongerholt was very smart at the net as well. Great leadership shown by the Burros and each game they are improving and coming together as a team."

Hongerholt had 5 kills, 4 aces. Bailey Gartner had 4 kills and an assist. Haug had 4 kills, 3 blocks. Sydney Johnson had 4 kills. Regan Howerton contributed 2 kills, an assist, and 3 blocks. Madison Ming notched 4 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces. Megan Kiehne had 4 digs, 1 ace. Stephanie Erickson had 12 assists, 3 aces. Linnea Thiss had 9 assists.

For the Hurricanes, Abby Loken had 14 kills. Vanessa Lee had 19 assists.

LHS vs. Lyle/Pacelli

Hosting Lyle/Pacelli on Thursday, LHS was defeated 25-13, 25-19, 25-15.

For Lanesboro, Ming had 3 kills, a dig, and 3 blocks. Hongerholt had 2 kills, an assist, and a dig. Gartner had a kill and a block. Johnson had 2 digs, 2 aces. Thiss had 3 assists. Howerton had 2 blocks, while Haug managed 3. Kiehne had an ace, as did Erickson. Jorgensen had an assist.

For L/P, Ann Rysavy had 6 kills, 16 digs, and 5 ace serves. Sarah Holtz contributed 7 kills, 8 aces, and 6 digs.

"We were blocking well enough, but had problems with our setting and hitting," Vickerman reported. "Lyle/Pacelli has some decent hitters, but we just weren't playing our game. We just didn't put together many attacks at all, and it was just a tough night for the Burros." More aggressive hitting would have helped to balance out the effort, she said.

Wabasha-Kellogg Invitational

Lanesboro got to compete against the No. 2 Class A team in the state (Wabasha-Kellogg) during pool play at the W-K tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15. The first match in the round-robin was against Lewiston-Altura, resulting in a loss for LHS, 21-11, 21-15.

Match number two was versus the Lake City Tigers. LHS was defeated 21-14, 21-7.

The third opponent on the day was W-K, which not only beat the Burros 21-7, 21-4, but went on to win the tournament, defeating Fillmore Central 25-14, 25-21 in the championship game.

Seeded No. 11 in the consolation bracket, the Burros played the No. 8 seed from Durand, Wis. That match was close but went to the Panthers, 25-20, 25-22.

"We feel we could have competed better against Lewiston and Lake City," Vickerman said later. "We just didn't come out ready to play in the sense of getting motivated... W-K is just a lot of fun to watch... they are an amazing team. One on their girls (Katie Cavalco) got their 1,000th career kill versus us in the round-robin."

Vickerman said that the team played better against Durand, but the Burros still didn't reach their potential. The Panthers beat Goodhue earlier that day, 21-16, 21-15.

The Burros were to travel to Mabel-Canton on Sept. 18. Today (Thursday), they take on the Spring Grove Lions in Lanesboro.

Southeast Conference 2012

conf. season

VOLLEYBALL W L W L T

EAST

Mabel-Canton* 4 - 0 11- 1 - 0

Spring Grove 3 - 1 8 - 7 - 0

Houston 3 - 2 5 -13 - 0

Hope Lutheran 1 - 4 3 - 4 - 0

Lanesboro 1 - 4 1 - 10 - 0

WEST

LeRoy-Ostrander* 4 - 1 7 - 2 - 0

Grand Meadow 3 - 2 6 - 5 - 0

Glenville-Emmons 2 - 2 2 - 2 - 0

Lyle/Pacelli 2 - 2 4 - 8 - 0

Schaeffer Academy 0 - 5 0 -10- 0

* defending champion