A strong night hitting helped Blue Springs South win a unique match for the Jaguars.

Springs South improved to 2-1 with a 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22 victory at Olathe (Kan.) Northwest in the first best-of-five match for the coaches and many of the players. Kansas schools play best-of-five.

Mia Swanegan powered the Jaguars with 14 kills and six blocks, Halan Mann posted 14 kills, 16 digs and a block, Breeanna O’Sullivan dished out 35 assists and Alexa Armendariz had 20 digs to lead the defense.

“We had an awful practice the day before and I wasn’t sure what they were going to look like today,” South coach Dave MacLean said. “I was thrilled with their defense and transition offense in the first set. Bree set the ball well and Halan and Mia really took off with their hitting. Everyone was on track.”

The early-season struggles continue for the Blue Springs volleyball team.

LEE'S SUMMIT WEST 25-20-25, BLUE SPRINGS 17-25-11: Perennial power Lee’s Summit West dropped the host Wildcats to 0-3 with a non-conference victory Thursday.

Erin Bodenstab had two aces, a block, 21 assists, seven digs and five kills in starring for the Wildcats. Alexis Williams had seven kills and four blocks, Alicia Starr added eight digs, seven kills, one ace and one block and Kate Tucker had 13 digs.

“We are still struggling to play with consistency,” Blue Springs coach Katie Grusing said. “We had some great moments playing intensely competitive volleyball. Our blockers did a great job against some very powerful West hitters. We need to pass better in order to compete in our league.”

FORT OSAGE 25-25, RUSKIN 6-8: Host Fort Osage had little trouble with Ruskin to even its record at 1-1.

Maggie Hopkins had nine kills and Asia Cole added eight to spark the Indians.

“We set some goals and worked on fundamentals,” Indians coach Vanessa Jones said of her first win at Fort Osage.

Fort Osage was a 25-9, 25-11 junior varsity winner.

LONE JACK 25-25, VAN HORN 10-17: First-year coach Lindsey Hartzler saw some positives in Van Horn’s loss at Lone Jack.

“We played much better and showed a lot of improvement,” she said after the Falcons fell to 1-2. “Dalanie Krogman had another good match.”

LIBERTY 25-25-25, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 17-27-14: Visiting Liberty held on to defeat host Lee’s Summit North in Wednesday night’s season and Suburban Big Six opener.