Lebanon volleyball teams compete in tournaments

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The Lebanon varsity volleyball team competed at the Carl Junction Tournament over the weekend and made it to the Gold Bracket while the junior varsity competed at the Glendale Tournament. Pictured above are members of the 2017 LHS volleyball team.


CARL JUNCTION –– The Lebanon volleyball team advanced to the Gold Bracket on Saturday at the Carl Junction tournament.

The ‘Jackets went 2-1 in pool play to advance to the Gold Bracket where they were defeated by Grain Valley in single elimination play.

Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins said the early-morning wins in pool play were nice to see from her team.

“It can be tough sometimes getting on a bus very early for a long bus trip and then having to step on the court fully ready to play,” Collins said. “Getting our morning off to a good start is important and we did that with a nice win against a solid Class 2 Mt. View-Liberty team.”

Lebanon emerged as one of the top 8 teams in the 16 team tournament to advance to the Gold Bracket.

Lebanon posted a hard-fought 25-21, 25-16 win over Mt. View-Liberty to start their day off in the opening round of pool play. The ‘Jackets would then post a two-set victory over Girard, Kan., 25-18, 25-12. LHS would fall to Webb City in the last match of pool play in three sets, 26-27, 25-13, 8-15.

“We definitely were in position to win the first set as we were up 17-11 before one of their servers picked apart our serve receive scoring a string of points,” Collins said about the Webb City match. “We fought back but fell short 26-27 as a cap of 27 points was put on pool play sets. We won the second set, but once again in set 3, we allowed Webb City servers to take us out of system and we just weren't able to make solid attacks giving us an opportunity to score points.”

In the first round of Gold Bracket play, LHS faced a tough opponent in Class 4 Grain Valley, a team that is coming off a 23 win season and plays tough competition with plenty of Kansas City schools on their schedule. The ‘Jackets would fall in two sets, 22-25, 11-25.

“Grain Valley had a couple of really nice hitters that had their way at the net,” Collins said. “Our blockers weren't effective in stopping or getting good hands on the ball to slow down their attack causing us to be on the defense much of the match.”

Collins said the ‘Jackets had a nice day up front at the net.

“Katie Esther and Skylyr Leake really had a nice day at the net leading our team and scoring 28 & 23 kills each,” Collins said. “Cori Johnson, Korrie Brinton and Taylor Bowling also contributed with over 10 kills each.”

The Lebanon volleyball team will have a busy week as the ‘Jackets were slated to travel to Springfield Central on Monday, host Jefferson City on Wednesday and will travel to Rolla on Thursday before hosting their annual Pinkfest Tournament on Saturday at Lebanon High School.

“There are definitely aspects of our game that keep improving and different players seem to step up and be contributors so its nice to have some versatility amongst the team,” Collins said. “We are hoping to stay healthy this week as we have already lost senior libero Jazzlyn Wells to a foot injury on Saturday, but she should be good to go by Wednesday.”

Lebanon JV competes at Glendale Tournament on Saturday

SPRINGFIELD – The Lebanon junior varsity volleyball team competed on Saturday at the Glendale Tournament in Springfield.

The ‘Jackets finished the day 2-3, defeating Joplin (25-23, 25-22) and Glendale (25-14, 25-10) in two sets.

Lebanon fell to Kickapoo, Willard and Rogersville.

Sophomore Avery Hays finished the day with 32 assists and 15 digs to lead the way for the ‘Jackets. Grace Nelson and Erika Fox each had 15 digs while Bailey Hough and Jenna Skeens finished the tournament with seven kills each.


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