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Examiner
  • Bears edge Indians to get above .500

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  • The William Chrisman volleyball team remains on a roll.
    The visiting Bears improved to 6-5 after an 0-4 start and 1-2 in the Suburban Middle Seven with a 25-22, 25-21 victory over rival Fort Osage Tuesday night.
    “We had to play well,” Chrisman coach Dean Rausch said. “Fort Osage did a nice job coming back. It was a good match all the way around. It finally feels good to get above .500.”
    Rachel Losch posted 12 kills and Jordyn Atagi dished out 13 assists to lead the Bears.
    “We didn’t hit very well,” Fort Osage coach Vanessa Jones, a former Chrisman coach, said after her team fell to 4-6-1 overall and 1-1. “Losch played well. She hit hard and put the ball away. We had a hard time defending that.”
    Fort Osage posted a 25-10, 25-12 junior varsity victory. The Chrisman freshman team posted its first victory, 11-25, 25-15, 25-23.
    BLUE SPRINGS 25-25, LEE’S SUMMIT 21-23: Visiting Blue Springs regained its winning ways with the Suburban Big Six victory as Erin Bodenstab had 18 assists and two kills and Alicia Starr nine kills and 12 digs.
    “It was a good conference win,” Blue Springs coach Katie Grusing said. “We have a few days off to work on some problem areas and are continuing to mesh as team.”
    The Wildcats improved to 3-7 and 2-1.
    The Blue Springs junior varsity prevailed 25-15, 25-21.
    GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, MARSHALL 23-23: Grain Valley remained undefeated in four matches with the road victory.
    Tori Squires, Devan Fairfield and Jordan Morrison each had six kills. Fairfield led in digs with 16.
    “It was a great match for us,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said. “We saw some things we need to improve on as we go into a tougher schedule this week.”
    Grain Valley also prevailed in the junior varsity match 25-22, 25-21.
    CENTER 25-19-25, VAN HORN 22-25-18: Center held on for the victory at Van Horn (1-8-1).
    Van Horn was the junior varsity winner 25-22, 19-25, 25-19.
    MO-KAN INVITATIONAL: Blue Springs South, because of a close loss in pool play, had to take on the nation’s No. 2-ranked team in bracket play in Saturday’s Mo-Kan Invitational at Lee’s Summit West.
    The Jaguars fell 25-11, 25-18 to St. James Academy of Lenexa, Kan., the second-ranked team in the country, and were eliminated, finishing the day with a 2-3 mark.
    Page 2 of 2 - Blue Springs finished 1-3 in the tournament, but had powerhouse programs St. James and Lee’s Summit West in its pool.
    South went 2-1 in pool play, defeating Pleasant Hill (26-24, 25-14) and getting revenge on Blue Valley (Kan.) Northwest (25-20, 28-26) for a loss in the season-opening Metro Slam. But in the pool opener, the Jaguars lost 27-25 in the final set against St. Thomas Aquinas after winning the second 25-21 and losing the first 25-14. That meant the Jags had to meet St. James in bracket play.
    “A close loss for the first match of pool play ended up being a huge difference in the outcome of the tournament,” South coach Dave MacLean said.
    South senior Mia Swanegan was chosen for the all-tournament team.
    Blue Springs defeated Lawrence (Kan.) Free State (25-14, 25-22) but fell 25-21, 25-15 to St. James and 25-16, 25-22 to Lee’s Summit West in pool play. The Wildcats then fell 25-19, 25-23 to Kearney in bracket play.
    “Though our record does not show it, it was a good day of growth us,” Wildcats coach Katie Grusing said. “We continue to struggle with our consistency and putting together a complete game. At times on Saturday we showed flashes of great chemistry and enthusiasm, and moving forward these are things we need to work on in order to maintain a high level of play.”

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