Kansas High School Volleyball Tournament State Championships

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Kansas’ newest Class 5A high school volleyball state champions: Lansing High Lions.

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Lansing defeated St. James Academy in straight sets for the Kansas State Class 5A Championship in high school volleyball on Saturday.

Last year’s finalist, Lansing settled for nothing less than No.1 in defeating the Thunder 25-20, 25-22 for the school’s first state volleyball title since 2002, when the Lions won the Class 4A championship.

Lansing has had a big tear this season, finishing 38-1 after losing their opener – 38 straight wins to end the season.

The Lions advanced to the national final earlier on Saturday with a 25-14, 25-18 victory over Topeka-Seaman in the semifinals.

St. James qualified for the final with a fierce 25-23, 23-25, 26-24 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas; the Saints were two-time reigning state champions. They finished third, later beating Seaman 25-18, 25-21.

The Class 6A semi-finals were scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina, with the championship game scheduled to follow approximately 25 minutes after the semi-finals have ended.

It’s the same setup for Class 4A at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on the Hutchinson Community College campus, where Bishop Miege was scheduled to play in Ottawa and Andale faced Baldwin in the semifinals which started at 1 p.m.

The class 2A semi-finals, between Smith Center and Ellinwood and Garden Plain vs. Hillsboro, were at 1 p.m. at Dodge City.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, Heritage Christian defeated Cheney in straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, for the Class 3A championship at Hutch.

In the Class 1A-D1 Championship game at Dodge City, Spearville defeated Pretty Prairie 25-10, 24-26, 25-19.

And in the 1A-DII final at Emporia, Hanover won the title with a 25-18, 25-19 victory over Lebo.

This story was originally published October 30, 2021 at 12:45 pm.

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