Taylor breaks Lanesboro records during victory at L-O

Madelyn Haugen and Sydney Taylor attempt a block against Spring Grove. KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER
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Sophomore Sydney Taylor broke a pair of school records versus LeRoy-Ostrander as the Lanesboro Burros split a pair of Southeast Conference matches last week. It started off with their third loss of the season to a strong Spring Grove squad on Sept. 25 in Lanesboro. The Burros lost to the Lions 3-0, but they bounced back with a hard-fought 3-2 win on the road at LeRoy-Ostrander, picking up their first conference win of the season and spoiling the Cardinals’ homecoming volleyball match. LHS is 5-20 on the season (1-8 SEC).

Taylor broke the school record for kills in a match, finishing the LeRoy-Ostrander game with 27 kills on 57 attacks. She also broke the school record for points by scoring 37.

Loss to SG 3-0

The Burros dropped the third and final regular season match versus the Lions 3-0 (8-25, 11-25, 11-25). Spring Grove had swept LHS 2-0 during the Mabel-Canton Labor Day Tournament and also defeated Lanesboro 3-0 on their home floor three days later. Last week, LHS couldn’t mount any offense.

The Burros finished with more errors (14) than kills (11) in 67 attempts. Taylor led the team with six kills in 20 attempts while Lexie Johnson added three kills in 11 attempts. There weren’t a lot of opportunities as the team finished with 10 assists in the match (Ella Cambern eight). The team couldn’t get possession consistently enough to mount any kind of offense.

“We didn’t side out well in this match,” said Burro coach Julie Schreiber. “It was a fast match with very few points scored. They had control of things from start to finish.”

The Burros served the ball fairly well, but they just didn’t have a lot of opportunities due to Spring Grove controlling possession of the ball. LHS was 27 for 31 (87%) at the line and had one ace serve from Taylor (six of seven). Cambern went six for six at the service line.

In spite of being down 2-0 in the match, the Burros didn’t fold up. They started off the third set playing well, leading 9-7 before Spring Grove (19-2, 8-1 SEC) went on another long scoring run to put the set, and eventually the match, away.

The Burros kept busy in the back row thanks to an aggressive Spring Grove attack. LHS had 48 digs in the three sets, led by Peighton Prestemon with 14, and Alida Berg had 10.

The Spring Grove attack finished at 24% hitting efficiency, led by Mariah Edgington’s 13 kills, two more than the Burro total. Spring Grove was strong at the service line (95%), finishing with three times as many aces (13) as errors (four). Five different Lions were credited with at least one ace serve.

The Burros in the front row wound up with 11 blocks, including three solo blocks and eight assists.

Win at L-O 3-2

The Burros picked up their first SEC win of the season at LeRoy-Ostrander 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 20-25, 26-24, 15-9) in a five-set marathon. Lanesboro won the first set but had to win the final two to take the match.

Schreiber said the team played hard on what turned out to be a record-setting night for one particular Burro.

“It was a great win in five sets,” she said. “Sydney Taylor broke the school record for kills in a match, finishing with 27 kills on 57 attacks with only seven errors (a fantastic 35% efficiency). She also broke the school record for points by scoring 37.”

Johnson also hit double-figures with 10 kills, and three other Burros each finished with three kills apiece. On the night, the team had 45 kills and 29 errors in 123 attacks (13% efficiency). Cambern led the offense with 33 of the team’s 35 assists.

Lanesboro was equally effective at the service line, finishing the five-setter with 88 of 102 serves over the net (86%) and 14 aces. Sophia Simes (12 for 14) and Payton Benson (24 for 25) tied for the team lead with five ace serves each. Taylor added three aces on 14 for 18 serving.

“It was an especially tough match because LeRoy-Ostrander was having their Homecoming Week,” Schreiber said. “We played well as a team and had a lot of girls contribute to our stats. Our hitting errors were a little high, but our defense worked hard to get us points.”

The back row worked hard in piling up 76 digs over the five sets, led by 25 from Prestemon. Cambern chipped in 12 digs and Benson 10. The LHS front row came up with 17 blocks against the Cardinals, five solo and 12 assists. Madelyn Haugen tied Johnson with two solo blocks each while also leading the squad with five assists.

Amanda Siskow, head volleyball coach at LeRoy-Ostrander (2-15, 2-7 SEC), said the Cardinals have had some tough luck, dropping their third-straight five-set loss after falling to Lanesboro. Despite the loss, she said both teams played a great game.

“Our girls played well,” Siskow said. “We were digging balls up all over the court. Our coverage looks better every game. We just came out on the short end of the score.”

The Burros also had one of their best nights of the season receiving serves, playing 68 of 79 successfully (86%).


The Burros are seeking to avoid being swept three times this week by two area rivals. They were already in action on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a home match against Houston before heading to state-ranked Mabel-Canton on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Next week begins with an SEC rematch versus Kingsland on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Spring Valley.