LHS volleyball advances to 6A semifinals

Lawrence High and Free State volleyball starters huddle up before the City Showdown at LHS Tuesday. The Lions claimed a three-set win to move to 20-1 on the year.

The Lawrence High volleyball team is going to play on the final day of the season.

LHS advanced to the semifinals of the 6A state tournament at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina by sweeping pool play Friday. Lawrence, which is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated Blue Valley West (25-8, 30-28), Gardner Edgerton (25-16, 25-18), Blue Valley (25-17, 27-25) to improve to 36-2 on the season.

The Lions, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, did not drop a set in pool play. They have dropped just eight of their 85 sets this season behind a nine-person senior class. Last season, LHS went 1-2 in pool play before being eliminated on the opening day of the 6A state tournament.

Lawrence will face Washburn Rural at 10 a.m. Saturday for the semifinals. With a win, LHS would face the winner between Olathe Northwest and Blue Valley in the championship. Olathe Northwest has won the previous two state titles in Class 6A.

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