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Examiner
  • Cats win conference marathon

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  • PECULIAR, Mo. – The Blue Springs volleyball team inched above .500 in Suburban Big Six play Tuesday, rallying in each of the last two sets to outlast host Raymore-Peculiar in a 20-25, 35-33, 25-21 marathon match.
    The Wildcats (6-11, 3-2 conference) trailed by four in the second game before coming back and overcame a 16-8 deficit in the third game of what coach Katie Grusing jokingly called “the longest Tuesday night match in the history of the world.”
    “A great growing night for (us),” Grusing said. “An excellent team victory.”
    Alexis Williams paced Blue Springs offensively by slamming 21 kills, and Grusing complimented the leadership and competitiveness of Erin Bodenstab (8 kills, 45 assists, 16 digs) and the aggressive serving by Alicia Starr (18 kills, 23 digs) during the game 3 rally. Kate Tucker added 26 digs.
    PARK HILL SOUTH 25-25, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 21-20: The host Jaguars came close but couldn’t keep pace with a state-ranked Park Hill South team Tuesday.
    “We couldn’t hold leads against one of the top Missouri teams” South coach Dave McLean said. “We got stuck in some rotations and didn’t have an answer. We have to put it all together in order to beat a good and well-coached team like Park Hill South.”
    Mia Swanegan had 12 kills, Halan Mann eight kills, Alexa Armendariz 17 digs and Camryn Gregston 10 assists to lead the Jaguars (10-10, 2-3).
    GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, SMITHVILLE 23-11: Devan Fairfield had 11 digs and seven kills, Jordan Morrison nine kills and Chandler Huttinger 15 assists to pace the host Eagles (13-5) to the non-conference victory Tuesday.
    “We started slowly but were able to adjust,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said. “Our offense and defense started playing really well together again.”
    Smithville won the junior varsity match, 25-17, 25-10.
    STALEY 25-25, FORT OSAGE 11-13: A solid Staley team overcame Asia Cole’s six kills to post an easy Suburban Middle Seven victory over Fort Osage (4-9-1, 1-5) Tuesday.
    Fort Osage also fell in the junior varsity match, 25-17, 25-17.
    NOTRE DAME DE SION 27-15-15, LEE’S SUMMIT 29-23-22: Host Sion rallied from an opening-game loss for the victory.
    Emma Lock had 19 kills, eight digs and three aces, Hailey Croswell 10 kills, Cassidai Sterrett 14 digs, Karsyn Mercurio three blocks and Amy Simonin 14 digs to lead the Tigers.
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