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Examiner
  • Patriots steamrolled by Titans

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  • Allie Webb is a coach’s kid who knows you’re going to have your good days on the volleyball court and your not-so-good days. Tuesday night at home her Truman Patriots experienced a not-so-good day as visiting Lee’s Summit West handed the host team a 25-19, 25-12 Suburban Middle Six setback. “They’re a great team,” Webb, the daughter of Truman football coach Gregg Webb, said after leading Truman with four digs. “We played all right the first set, then I don’t know – I don’t think any of us really know – what happened in the second set. “But we can use this as a learning experience. We have a lot more volleyball this week and we’ll play better. I really believe we’ll play a lot better.” Truman fell to 17-6-1 and 5-3 in conference while West improved to 17-7 and 6-2. It appeared the Titans would roll to a lopsided victory in the first game as West ran off to a 17-11 lead before Truman coach Denise Craig called timeout. The Patriots returned to the court and scored four consecutive points and suddenly the deficit was just 17-15. “At that point, I thought we were back in the match,” Craig said. “But we made way too many errors (43 in the match). And we served the ball into the net for their 22nd and 23rd points.” And West’s Nicole Fantazzi served an ace to make it 24-19 before the Titans claimed the win, and plenty of momentum that they never seemed to lose. “We just weren’t in the second set,” Craig said. “I’m disappointed. We know what a great team West is, but we felt like we could play with them. This team has done so many good things this season, but tonight was not a good night.” Lexi Hart, who is being recruited by Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, led the Patriots with seven kills.

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