The Truman volleyball team showed it will be a factor in the Suburban Middle Six.
The Patriots downed traditional conference power Park Hill 25-20, 25-20 Tuesday at Park Hill.
"We played well enough to win," Truman coach Denise Craig said. "Lexi Hart had a very good defensive night, but we have to play better on serve-receive."
Truman improved to 13-3-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
BLUE SPRINGS 17-25-25, STALEY 25-22-21: The visiting Wildcats overcame an opening-game loss for the non-conference victory.
Alicia Starr had 18 kills, Alexis Wiliams added 10 kills and four blocks and Erin Bodenstab posted 15 digs and 29 assists to lead the Wildcats (4-7).
“We had a slow start but turned it on in games two and three,” Blue Springs coach Katie Grusing said. “I am seeing continued growth. We played well in pressure situations late in the match.”
The Blue Springs junior varsity was a 25-15, 25-22 winner.
GRAIN VALLEY 25-19-25, HARRISONVILLE 15-25-19: Visiting Grain Valley had enough to overcome Harrisonville and claim its Missouri River Valley Conference West opener.
Jordan Morrison’s 12 kills and 10 digs and Chandler Huttinger’s 16 assists guided the Eagles (6-4).
“We have to come out and play more consistent in each game,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said.
OAK PARK 25-25, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 18-20: A strong Oak Park attack was too much for the Bears (8-8-1, 2-3) in the Suburban Middle Seven match.
“They were very much like Truman,” Chrisman coach Dean Rausch said of the Oakies. “They had a hitter who could put the ball down. We played solid, I thought. We still need to get more consistency as far as serving. We overpassed a lot, and they made us pay for it.”
Oak Park was a 25-14, 25-10 junior varsity winner.
BELTON 15-25-25, FORT OSAGE 25-10-22: Asia Cole’s 18 kills weren’t enough as Fort Osage (4-7-1, 1-3) suffered a Suburban Middle Seven loss at Belton.
“We flattened out in the second game,” Fort Osage coach Vanessa Jones said.
Belton notched a 25-13, 25-21 junior varsity victory.
MARSHALL 25-25, OAK GROVE 20-15: Marshall notched a non-conference win over the host Panthers Tuesday. Oak Grove fell to 4-10-1.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH INVITATIONAL: Three area teams failed to advance past the semifinals in Saturday’s Lee’s Summit North tournament.
Truman (12-3-1) had the best showing by advancing to the semis. The Patriots defeated Grain Valley 25-23, 29-27, split with Notre Dame de Sion 13-25, 25-19 and lost to eventual champion Liberty 25-16, 25-17 in Black Pool play. Truman defeated Columbia Hickman 25-15, 25-12 and then was eliminated by Jefferson City, 28-26, 16-15, 19-25.
Lee’s Summit North (5-6) defeated Jefferson City 25-22, 26-24 and Winnetonka 25-16, 25-13 and lost to O’Hara 29-27, 25-23 in Silver Pool play and was upended by Columbia Rock Bridge 23-25, 26-24, 24-26 in the opening round of bracket play.
Grain Valley entered the tournament 5-0 but left winless in four matches.
The Eagles bowed to Truman, Liberty 25-9, 25-18, Notre Dame de Sion 25-15, 25-18 and Oak Park 25-18, 25-16. Jordan Morrison had 20 kills and Devan Fairfield 26 digs to pace the Eagles.
“We had opportunities with Truman but didn’t finish,” Peterson said. “The rest of the day we struggled with consistency and not playing to the level we needed to.”
Liberty defeated Park Hill South 26-24, 22-25, 25-19 in the finals.
PLATTE COUNTY TOURNAMENT: William Chrisman had to settle for a 2-2 showing.
The Bears fell to host Platte County 25-8, 25-10, split with St. Joseph Benton 20-25, 25-22 and defeated Columbia Battle 25-23, 25-19. Then in the opening round of bracket play the Bears (8-7-1) fell to Oak Park 25-14, 25-18.
LONE JACK TOURNAMENT: Van Horn had an uneventful showing. The Falcons split with Holden 25-11, 22-25 and lost to Lone Jack 25-12, 25-12 and Sherwood 25-10, 25-7 and did not advance to bracket play.
“We had a couple of girls out with injuries and another who was taking the ACT test but the substitutes did pretty well,” Van Horn coach Lindsey Hartzler said.
On Monday, Van Horn (2-11-1) routed University Academy 25-8, 25-23 behind a balanced attack.
Cierra Sua had 15 assists and Hannah Bishop, Alex Hanes and Malaea Ortiz three kills each for the Falcons.
Van Horn also took the junior varsity match 25-23, 24-26, 25-17.