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Examiner
  • West claims title; Pats fall in semis

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  • Lee’s Summit West wouldn’t be denied and host Truman made a strong showing Saturday at the Independence Classic Tournament.
    West went 8-0 to claim the title. The Titans defeated North Kansas City, the Truman junior varsity, St. Louis Marquette and Liberty in pool play. They bested Lee’s Summit North to start bracket play, Kearney in the quarterfinals, Park Hill South in the semifinals and Platte County in the finals.
    Truman enjoyed a solid 4-1-1 day. The Patriots topped Fort Osage, Raymore-Peculiar and Park Hill and split with Lee’s Summit North in Red Pool play. Then came a quarterfinal victory over Staley (25-14, 25-13) and a semifinal loss to Platte County (25-22, 25-19).
    “It was a great tournament overall for us,” Truman coach Denise Craig said.
    Lexi Hart served four aces and slammed 49 kills and 10 blocks. Becca Jonas added 29 kills, Bri Savage 23 kills and 30 digs, Dani Skoch 80 assists and 34 digs and Allie Webb 19 kills in aiding cause for the Patriots (22-7-2).
    North (12-14-1) finished 2-2-1, defeating Fort Osage and Raymore-Peculiar in pool play, splitting with Truman and losing to Park Hill in Red Pool action. The Broncos fell to West in the opening round of bracket play.
    Fort Osage and William Chrisman each went 0-4. Fort Osage (6-18-2) fell to Truman, Raymore-Peculiar, Park Hill and North in the Red Pool. Chrisman (11-16-1) lost to Park Hill South, Platte County, Staley and O’Hara in the Blue Pool.
    VAN HORN 25-26, HOGAN PREP 8-24: The Falcons sweated out the second set and closed the regular season on a two-match win streak Monday.
    Van Horn (6-15-2) opens district play next Monday night at host Northeast.
    GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, OAK GROVE 21-18: Visiting Grain Valley kept its Missouri River Valley Conference West title hopes intact with the victory over rival Oak Grove Monday.
    “I’m happy to come out with the win but we need to play consistently day in and day out,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said.
    A victory over Excelsior Springs Thursday night would assure the Eagles (21-7-1) at least a tie for the conference title.
    Grain Valley notched a 25-14, 25-12 junior varsity victory.

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