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Lancers sweep triangular on senior night

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CHEROKEE, Kan. — The Southeast High School volleyball team swept Altoona-Midway and Pleasanton at home on Tuesday. It was also Senior Night for the Lancers’ two seniors, Malia Vinson and Zoey Tavernaro, which made the victory even sweeter.

“I was pretty happy,” coach Maya White said. “We came out with wins with junior varsity and varsity, which is a first this season. So I was pretty pumped about that and that we battled back when we were behind.”

Southeast improves its overall record to 8-14. The Lancers are scheduled to remain home from their next matchup starting at 5 p.m. Thursday against Frontenac and Parsons.

Earning two victories on Senior Night, White noted the overall impact of Vinson and Tavernaro. “They do mean a lot to us,” she said. “Their leadership has been really good this year and helped line things up, and they’ve really stepped it up themselves in being vocal leaders and just a leader on the court.”

The Lancers shined in the opener against the Altoona-Midway Jets, who entered the action at 0-12.

In the first set, the two teams traded points until the four-point mark, when the Lancers went on a 17-1 run. Then, powered by the front zone of Vinson and Kinzey Cassidy, the Lancers prevailed 25-6.

The Jets kept it close midway through the second set, trimming the lead to 14-12. However, the Lancers remained poised, going on an 11-2 run, winning 25-14 to claim the  victory. Overall, the Lancers collected 22 kills and 12 aces through two sets.

Vinson shined for Southeast compiling eight kills, seven aces and three digs. Cassidy also had five kills, two assists and one dig. Teammate Eliz White dished out 16 assists.

Against Pleasanton, the Lancers pushed the lead to as many as seven points early in the opening set. The Blu-Jays trimmed the lead to one point before the Lancers then again found a rhythm on offense by going on a 10-0 run to push the lead out of reach. Southeast claimed the first set 25-14.

Southeast trailed by as many as five points in the middle of the second set but tied it up at 19-19. From there, Southeast went on a 6-4 run to claim a 25-23 victory over Pleasanton.

Vinson finished with eight kills, and Cassidy had five kills, three aces and one assist.

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