Two late rallies propel Burro girls past Kingsland

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/NEWS LEADER Malia Tessum digs deep for a hit last week when the Burros visited the Kingsland Knights. Tessum finished the game with 12 digs for the night.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/NEWS LEADER Kaci Ruen (No. 14) and Madelyn Haugen (No. 11) go up for a block as the Burros showed tough defense against the Knights last week. The Burros fought hard to get their 3-0 win on the road.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/NEWS LEADER Ella Cambern sets up her Burro hitters during the game last week.
S. Lee Epps

Lanesboro solidified its third place position in the East Division volleyball standings with a hard-earned 3-0 road win at Kingsland on Sept. 17.

After a pair of Saturday tournament weeks, the Burros played only once last week, but victory did not come easily.

LHS 3, Kingsland 0

25-13, 25-23, 25-23

The Burros dominated the first set by 12 points, but they came from behind late to take the last two sets by the narrowest of margins.

The Knights reached 21-points before the Burros did in both of the final two sets. But Lanesboro rallied late to take both with 25-23 scores.

"Great hard-fought game," said coach Julie Schreiber.  "Another must-need win for our program.  We were behind in both the second and third sets and came back to win. 

"We made a few too many errors again, but we were still able to stay solid enough for a three-set win."

The Knights depended on those Burro mistakes. The home team reported only 12 kills, 6 ace serves and 1 block (19 earned points).

Lanesboro hit with 9% efficiency - 29 kills, 17 errors. Sydney Taylor was the most efficient at 17% with 12 kills - three times as many kills as misfires. Jessie Schreiber added 7 kills and Kaci Ruen 5. Ella Cambern assisted 24 times.

While serving 86%, the Burros had a scoring deficit from the service line with 7 aces and 10 errant attempts.

Ruen served 4 aces while Payton Benson and Cambern each served 16 for 16 with one ace.

Ruen with 16 digs and Benson with 14 sparked the defense, which also received a dozen digs each from Taylor and Malia Tessum.

It was the second closely-contested win against the Knights with a third match yet to come. At the Labor Day weekend tournament, the teams had split two sets with Lanesboro winning by total points.

This week and next

The third-place Burros (11-12, 5-3 SEC) tried to gain ground on the second-place Lions (12-3, 7-1 SEC) when they met at Spring Grove as this edition was going to press on Tuesday night of this week.

Lanesboro is back home tonight (Thursday, Sept. 26) against LeRoy-Ostrander, which entered the week at 4-9 (3-5 SEC).

The Burros bus to Houston next Tuesday (Oct. 1) before the Oct. 3 home rematch with league-leading Mabel-Canton.

That will leave only two remaining regular-season contests - an Oct. 8 home rematch with Kingsland and an Oct. 14 trip to Schaeffer Academy.