Apparently Lawrence High's volleyball team wasn't aware smoking is now prohibited on school grounds.
Either that or the Lions flagrantly violated the rule by lighting up their opponents in a quadrangular sweep on Thursday night at LHS.
Lawrence allowed just 16 points in its victories over Shawnee Mission East, Topeka West and Blue Valley North.
"This was lots better than last week," said senior hitter Starr Patterson. "We were more together, more talkative on the court."
LHS ripped SM East, 15-5, 15-0; Topeka West, 15-2, 15-5; and Blue Valley North, 15-3, 15-1. The top-ranked, four-time defending state champion Lions improved to 6-0.
"Tonight we played a lot better," senior hitter Keri Magnuson said. "Last week, we weren't where we wanted to be."
NOW, LHS COACH Joan Wells said, the Lions are on schedule.
"I'm real pleased with the way we played," Wells said. "This was a lot more fun than last week. We worked on coming in hard on our approaches. I felt we had a lot more offense tonight, and we just played together well."
For the record, last week was a quad sweep of SM West, KC Washington and Blue Valley North. Then, Wells said, the Lions' teamwork was inconsistent.
"Tonight, everybody contributed," Wells said. "And it was more fun. I know I saw a lot more smiles on their faces. I know I was smiling more."
And the Lions will likely be smiling even more when they play some more equal competition. That could come as soon as Saturday, when LHS will likely meet third-ranked Manhattan at the Wichita Northwest tournament.
"We need to play more good teams. We're ready to play a ranked team," Wells said. "I thought Shawnee Mission East did a good job against us. The scores don't show it, but we had some good rallies and it was a fast, intense match."
THE LIONS made short work of their foes Thursday. The sweep took less than three hours.
"We're playing right where we should be," Patterson said, "for the second week right before the Wichita tournament."
Wells cited senior hitters Stephanie Blackwell, Megan Ramsay, Magnuson and sophomore Anne Murray.
"I haven't looked at the stats, but everybody contributed," Wells said. "Stephanie and Megan are the backbone of our team, but everybody did well. Keri played well, and so did Anne. She's got a lot to learn, but she's only been with us a few weeks."
The Lions will return home Thursday for a quad with SM Miege, Olathe North and Olathe East.