Sub-section volleyball action began with play-in matches on Oct. 22. For the Burros, that meant a trip to Spring Grove. The Lions brought a #6 seeding to the tourney, while Lanesboro came in at #11. Spring Grove won in four sets 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-8.

It was the third Lion/Burro match this season, and the closest. Lanesboro was much more effective at the net the third time around but Spring Grove (16-11) prevailed with more effective passing; setting up 25 more attacks and 13 more kills than the Burros. The Lions also held a modest 9-6 edge in ace blocks, and a slim 90-85 percent serving margin. They led in service aces 13-10.

Accurate hitting kept the Burros close this time around. Through the first three sets, LHS recorded better hitting efficiency (27%) than did Spring Grove (19%). However, the Lions would finish with 21 percent and LHS only 13 percent after the Burros' woes of the fourth set, in which Lanesboro had three times as many hitting errors as kills.

Facing elimination, the Burros won their only set of the year against the Lions in the third frame. With Spring Grove leading 19-12, Lanesboro countered with their best offensive display of the match: 6 kills, 2 blocks and 4 ace serves. Lanesboro earned the win, since only one Lion error figured into the Burros' final 13 points. Senior libero Megan Kiehne served the final six points including 3 aces, and LHS won 25-23.

That's when the match headed south for Lanesboro. In set four LHS stats were turned upside down. After 9 kills and 3 hitting errors in the third set, the Burros managed only 3 kills while committing 9 hitting errors in the final set. Spring Grove won handily 25-8.

After a close start, the Lions had pulled away in set one with a strong service run by Aly Folz. The Burros did not mount an attack during any of her 6 straight serves while Spring Grove was expanding a precarious one-point lead into an 18-12 advantage. The Lions went on to win by seven points.

Lion hitting was the least efficient in set two, in which the score was tied five times down the stretch. The Burros led 19-18 before Spring Grove scored four straight points behind 2 aces, a block and an assist from setter Addison Cross. The Lions then escaped with a closing 7-1 run to win 25-20.

For LHS, Madison Ming had 7 kills while Kaia Hongerholt added 5 kills and one block. Burro senior libero Megan Kiehne served 6 aces in all - 3 to help LHS take a 4-1 lead in set two and then 3 straight aces to finish the Burro win in set three.

Lion senior setter Cross aired 31 assists while scoring one kill, 2 ace blocks and 4 service aces as well as a team-high 10 digs. Randi Mehus scored with 5 kills and 4 aces while serving 13 for 15. She dug 7 times. Junior middle hitter Nicki Ellingson scored 15 kills and 7 ace blocks. Most efficient at the net was Folz with 6 kills and no errors. She also scored with 4 aces while serving 13 for 15. Classmate Tara Solberg scored 10 times with 9 kills and one ace along with 9 digs on defense. Sophomore middle hitter Samantha Bratland served 21 for 23 with an ace along with 3 kills.