By William for


LINDSBORG – Both the Smoky Valley varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams made quick work of visiting Hillsboro and Lyons on Tuesday in a triangular on the Lady Vikings home court.

The varsity Lady Vikings allowed Hillsboro to battle in the first set of the first match of the day before rolling over them in set two and earn a straight set (25-20, 25-11) victory. In the second match against Lyons, Smoky Valley handled them in the first set (25-11) before fighting them off in set two (25-22) to once again earn a straight set victory.

McKinley Johnson had a huge night by leading the Lady Vikings when she completed 31 successful serves which included five aces. Johnson also led the team in assists with 16 while Elyse Ramsey had 11. Abby Rose and Addie Heitschmidt led Smoky Valley in blocks with five and three respectively.

On the attack side of the game, Rose and Heitschmidt led the Lady Vikings again with 14 and 12 while Bri Franklin earned credit for nine. Kerington Haxton led the team in digs with eight.

“We started the night with Hillsboro and created such great energy in the gym by dropping 20 kill attacks on them in two sets,” explained Lady Viking Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey. “We were aggressive with the ball and seemed to handle their serves very well to setup our offense. Of their 30 serves, we successfully placed the ball right to our setter all but four times. Those kinds of stats help teams win games.”

Coach Ramsey concluded her reflections on the night by saying, “In the Lyons first set, we actually made a very small number of errors and completely took them out of their game. We were almost flawless. In the second set, Lyons started attacking the ball more consistently and we had to battle both offensively and defensively. Tonight, was as total team effort and the girls looked like they really had fun too.”

The Lady Viking junior varsity team had an easier time with their matches as they took straight sets in both, beating Hillsboro (25-16, 25-6) before putting away Lyons (25-19, 25-9).

Next for the Lady Viking spikers will be on Thursday when they go on the road to play at Ellinwood.

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