Lanesboro girls capture conference wins versus L/P, G-E

LEE EPPS/NEWS LEADER Sydney Taylor attacks against a double block attempt by Kingsland's Zoe Scrabeck, at left, and Shelby Beck.

LEE EPPS/NEWS LEADER Kaci Ruen and Madelyn Haugen, at right, establish a double block against Kingsland during a tournament at Mabel-Canton.

LEE EPPS/NEWS LEADER Ella Cambern vies above the net with Kingsland's Shelby Beck.
S. Lee Epps

It was a busy, but encouraging week in volleyball for Lanesboro (5-5, 2-1 SEC). There were conference victories at Lyle/Pacelli on Aug. 27 and against visiting Glenville-Emmons on Aug. 29. The Burros have already matched the total of SEC wins as they had last season.

Then came a fifth-place finish at the annual Mabel-Canton Classic on Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

"After the Mabel tournament this weekend, we are 5-5," said coach Julie Schreiber.  "This is great, especially since two years ago we were 0-10 and last year we were 1-9.

"The girls continue to work hard during practice and games. Lyle game saw us behind in the first two sets and coming back to win them both in extra points.   The third set we stayed strong and won with a great cushion of points.

"Glenville game allowed us to use our whole bench and get all girls some playing time.  All the girls worked hard, and we have been really playing with 100% teamwork.  I was very happy with our team staying strong through the whole match.”

It was the third straight season back at the M-C Tournament, but according to Schreiber, "the first year we showed some success.

"We fought hard in all the sets, and we really only struggled in one set against Grand Meadow.  We played a variety of teams, and we were able to match up and play competitively.  

"We spread our offense to many players effectively, and our defense blocked and picked up balls more aggressively than in the past.  

"We came out with three wins and four losses, but in my book we had a successful tournament day for our program — another true team effort for the Burros."

LHS 3, L/P 0

26-24, 30-28, 25-11

Incredibly, the first two sets both went to extra points, including a 30-28 second set. But the Burros then dominated the third set by 14 points.

Set one (26-24) was tied five times before a four-point run put Lanesboro up 9-5. But the Athletics used a five-point spurt to edge ahead briefly 17-16. LHS scored the next three points and never trailed again.

But L/P saved three set points to knot the count for the eighth time at 24-all before the Burros scored the final two points.

That was followed by 13 tie scores and seven lead changes in a marathon set two (LHS 30-28). The greatest lead for either team — an 11-7 L/P advantage — was wiped out by a 4-0 Burro run, and then it was back-and-forth the rest of the way.

L/P looked good with a 23-20 lead, but LHS scored the next four points. Both teams served for the set down the stretch before the Burros salvaged the final two points.

The Athletics could not maintain the pace as LHS scored the first seven points of set three (LHS 25-11).

The Burros served only 85% but put away 20 aces with 12 errors. At the net, Lanesboro hit with an acceptable 12% efficiency while scoring with 34 kills and 16 misfires. With eight blocks, the Burros scored 62 points while taking advantage of 39 L/P errors.

Sydney Taylor, with a great 27% hitting efficiency, had 11 kills with only one error. Jessie Schreiber (17%) added 8 kills, Kaci Ruen 6 and Payton Benson 4.

Taylor was also the dig leader with 15 while Ruen had 9 saves, and Benson 7 along with 6 apiece from Malia Tessum and Ella Cambern.

The Burros ended a two-match losing streak to L/P.

LHS 3, G-E 0

25-9, 25-14, 25-17

The first set was a no-contest conquest. The Wolverines (0-2) put up more of a challenge in the last two sets, but Lanesboro pulled away with a 9-0 run in set two and an 8-0 scoring streak in set three.

Taylor was extremely efficient at 46% with 12 kills and no errors on only 26 attacks. Ruen (28%) had 9 kills while Sophia Simes (20%) put away 5. Schreiber (33%) and Madelyn Haugen (40%) each added 4 kills.

Benson attacked only three times but scored twice (67%). Brooke Lambrecht put away 2 kills, and Malia Tessum scored with her only attack.

With Cambern supplying 23 set assists, the Burros (33%) tallied with 39 kills and only 6 misfires.

LHS served 84% with a couple more aces (13) than errors (11). Benson and Schreiber each went 13 for 13 with 2 aces while Addie Harvey went 6 for 6 (100%) with 5 instant winners.

Eleven different Burros were credited with digs, led by Benson with 9 and Tessum with 7. Tessum was 9 for 10 returning serves.

It was the Burros' sixth straight win over the Wolverines, the last five all coming in straight sets.

M-C Tournament

Lanesboro won three and dropped four abbreviated matches to finish fifth at the annual Mabel-Canton Classic. Each match went two sets with total points being the tiebreaker if teams split. There were three such matches for LHS with the Burros winning two of the three tiebreakers.

M-C 2, LHS 0

25-13, 25-11

It was a challenging start against state-ranked No. 6 Mabel-Canton, which finished the day with the championship and a 10-0 season record.

The Burros did lead 5-4 in the second set before the Cougars raced away with a 10-point run.

LHS managed only 7 kills with 12 errors at the net while serving 3 aces with 5 miscues at the service line. Taylor had team highs with 4 kills (only 2 errors) and 10 digs.

LHS 1, Kingsland 1

KHS 25-18, LHS 25-12

The Burros won with a 13-point spread in set two after a 7-point loss in set one. LHS hit with 16% efficiency (19 kills, 5 errors) and served very well at 93% (11 aces, 3 errors).

Schreiber was the kill leader (7) and dig leader (10) while serving 9 for 10 with 5 aces while Benson was 12 for 13 with 3 aces. Kaylee Peterson served 5 for 5 with a pair of aces.

R-P 1, LHS 1

R-P 25-17, LHS 25-20

The Burros came up short on this tiebreaker, winning by five points in the second set after the Trojans took set one by eight points.

LHS never led in set one but stayed close until a 6-point R-P run made it 23-13.

Set two saw eight tie scores, the last at 15-15. A five-point run put the Burros ahead to stay at 19-15.

LHS (9% hitting efficiency, 11 errors) scored with 18 kills and one block at the net and 7 aces at the service line. But the girls also had 7 errant serves while serving 83%.

Taylor had 8 kills and Ruen 5. Tessum defended with 10 digs while Cambern had 8 saves and Taylor 7.

SG 2, LHS 0

28-26, 25-14

The Burros could not come up with a third straight extra-points set last week. They led most of set one (SG 28-26) by as many as five points at 16-11. But the Lions scored five straight to go ahead 19-19.

LHS saved three set points to pull even at 24-24 and would lead 26-25 before Spring Grove escaped by scoring the final three points.

The Burros scored the first point of set two (SG 25-14), but the Lions led the rest of the way.

LHS (11%) had 17 kills with 7 errors, but the Burros lost ground at the service line with 4 aces and 8 misguided serves,

Taylor (15%) had 8 kills and another team-high with 13 digs. Cambern assisted on 13 of the 17 kills and dug 10 times.

Spring Grove would finish the day as tourney runner-up with a 7-2 season record.

LHS 1, Houston 1

LHS 25-20, Hou 25-22

Lanesboro took the tiebreaker with 47 total points to 45 for the Hurricanes. The Burros (3% efficiency) had only two more kills (17) than hitting errors (15). The girls had four more service aces (12) than misfires (8).

Overall, LHS scored 30 points while taking advantage of 17 Houston error points.

Taylor contributed 8 kills and Ruen 5 kills with a scoring block. Tessum paced the defense with 10 digs.

GM 2, LHS 0

25-18, 25-17

It was the second setback of the season to the Superlarks (7-3), who would go on to defeat Rushford-Peterson in the third place match.

Set one (GM 25-18) was tied for the fifth time at 13 before the Larks separated with a 3-0 run. GM would hold off the Burros with two subsequent three-point spurts.

GM never trailed in set two (25-17) with a couple of four-point runs resulting in an eventual eight-point decision.

The Burros hit with 8% efficiency (15 kills, 10 errors) and served 83% (8 aces, 6 errors),

Taylor had 8 kills and served 2 aces with no errors. Benson served 4 aces with no miscues.

LHS 2, Houston 0

25-19, 25-15

Lanesboro won the fifth-place match with a second decision of the day over Houston. But there would be no tiebreaker in this one.

The Burros hit with very strong 38% efficiency, putting down 23 kills with only 2 errors. That allowed them to overcome the futility of serving 82% with fewer aces (6) than misfires (9).

Taylor (42% efficiency) soared with 11 kills and no hitting errors along with 4 block assists. She served 13 for 14 with 3 aces.

Ruen (32%) attacked with 7 kills and only one misfire.

This week and next

It was a quick rematch as the News Leader was going to press on Tuesday of this week when the Burros hosted Spring Grove (7-2, 2-0 SEC). Likewise, it is another quick turnaround when Houston (3-7, 2-1 SEC) comes in tonight (Thursday, Sept. 5).

It is back to Mabel-Canton for a conference clash on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A longer bus ride to Randolph awaits on Sept. 12.