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Examiner
  • Morrison sparks Eagles to rout

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  • Jordan Morrison got it done on the front row – and everywhere else – Thursday night.
    The Grain Valley senior led the host Eagles to a 25-13, 25-16 victory over Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Oak Grove.
    Morrison, who will play volleyball at NCAA Division II Huntsville University in Huntsville, Ala., next year, led Grain Valley with seven kills and five aces as the top team in the conference improved to 14-5 and 4-0.
    The Panthers fell to 4-13-1 and 0-4.
    “I'm proud of the girls,” Eagles coach Keri Peterson said. “This is our third match of the week. We got big wins against Pleasant Hill and Smithville, and it would have been easy to overlook Oak Grove. But the girls didn't let that happen.
    “I was happy with every phase of our game tonight. They came out and really played well against one of our top conference opponents.”
    The first game was tied at 5-all before the Eagles went on a six-point run to take an 11-5 lead. After that, they never looked back.
    Morrison served five consecutive points with two aces to give the Eagles a 24-13 lead.
    “We work hard on our serving,” Morrison said. “I've worked hard to become an all-around player. I don't want to just play on the front row, I want to play everywhere and help the team win.”
    Morrison added three aces in the second game and again dominated up front.
    “Jordan has become a complete player,” Peterson said. “She is one of our top servers, and she is outstanding on the front row.”
    Morrison served the final three points of the second game, which ended with a big-time kill by Catherine Zuniga.
    “The girls have had a lot of success this season, but that hasn't kept them from working hard,” Peterson said. “We're having a great time, and really enjoying all the success.”
    Devan Fairfield led the Eagles with six digs, and Chandler Huttinger had a team-high 11 assists.
    “I'm happy with our effort, but not the end result,” Oak Grove coach Nicole Cahill said. “We're just not executing the way we need to, and that will come from getting more experience out on the court.”
    Callie Tripp led the Panthers with four kills.
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
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