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Tri-umphant Lions: Lawrence High holds off FSHS, 2-1

Lawrence High players Morgan Green (4), Kailey Wingert (11), Kendyll Severa, in red shirt, Caitlin Broadwell (5) Kelsey Broadwell (7) and Krista Costa celebrate a point against Free State. The Lions beat the Firebirds, 2-1, in a triangular Thursday at LHS.

Lawrence High players Morgan Green (4), Kailey Wingert (11), Kendyll Severa, in red shirt, Caitlin Broadwell (5) Kelsey Broadwell (7) and Krista Costa celebrate a point against Free State. The Lions beat the Firebirds, 2-1, in a triangular Thursday at LHS.

October 1, 2010

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Lawrence High senior Kendyll Severa and Free State High senior Reilly Moore are best friends.

LHS wins volleyball city showdown

Lawrence High and Free State met on the court tonight, but the Lions earned the win with two sets to one. Enlarge video

They both play the same position in volleyball — libero.

But when the Lawrence High-Free State volleyball match rolls around every fall, their friendship falls a distant second to the rivalry.

Severa’s team got the better of Moore’s for the third year in a row when Lawrence defeated Free State, 2-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23), on Thursday at LHS.

“She’ll probably hear about this for the rest of the year,” a smiling Severa said.

Both teams defeated Olathe East earlier Thursday night — the Lions in two sets (25-21, 21-16) and the Firebirds in three (25-18, 22-25, 25-17). The final match wasn’t just for bragging rights. It was to determine the winner of the triangular meet.

Lawrence opened the first set on a 10-1 run, silencing the Firebird faithful in the student section. Free State coach Nancy Hopkins said her team was a little nervous in front of the rowdy crowd.

“The first game, definitely, they played very tentative and kind of got in panic mode after about point five or six,” Hopkins said.

The Firebirds, led by junior Meaghan Holmes’ blocking in the middle, closed the gap to two points at 24-22, but Lawrence junior Kailey Wingert spiked home the set-winner.

The second set was Free State’s turn to open on a run, this time 10-2. At 17-16, Holmes went down because of an apparent knee injury, but Free State still won the set 25-22.

Hopkins said Holmes’ injury affected her team quite a bit.

“I really had to rearrange my lineup a lot,” Hopkins said. “It changed everything.”

The opening runs were apparently exhausted by the third set. Neither team led by more than three points until Lawrence at 21-17. The Lions had match point at 24-21, but Free State won the next two points. Severa spiked home the match-winner and sealed her opportunity to brag to Moore.

“That’s all you can think about every single practice,” Severa said. “Free State … we’ve just got to get them. And we did.”

Lawrence High coach Stephanie Magnuson said she was more nervous than her players.

“I’m always nervous, but it’s an intense nervous,” Magnuson said. “I’m so proud of these kids, and they are working so hard. I want to see them succeed because they deserve it.”

Asked to identify a couple players who stood out in her eyes, Magnuson glanced upward and thought about it.

“Everybody,” Magnuson said. “I can’t pick out a particular person tonight. They all had their shining moments. They did a great job.”

Lawrence plays again Saturday at the Joan Wells Tournament in the LHS Main Gym starting at 9 a.m. Free State heads to the SM West triangular next Thursday.

Comments

flyin_squirrel 3 years, 9 months ago

Terrible article. Clark, you should understand volleyball if you are going to write about it.

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Ken Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

I was impressed by the intensity of the three sets as well as the intensity of both schools' fan bases. That place was LOUD - and fun. My daughter is a freshman on the FSHS team and I am looking forward to three more years of this.

And Clark, the article is fine.

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Hop2It 3 years, 9 months ago

Some of those pictures are great. Those girls can sky.

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fabian_zimbabwe 3 years, 9 months ago

Um, sure seems like a well-written article to me...nothing wrong with it. Gotta love armchair writers who are quick to cast criticism, yet fail to back up their reasons why.

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volleydad 3 years, 9 months ago

A fantastic set of games, even with Free State's early 'hole digging' they had to come back from. Lots of great young players that will be so much fun to see in next few years. And pair of sisters on both teams too!

One thing I'll take issue with Mr. Goble - while there may be a "rivalry", it's hard to take seriously when friends on both teams hug each other before matches :-)

And Meaghan is a Senior this year! [Go Purple Aces!]

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