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Examiner
  • Grain Valley claims conference share

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  • The Grain Valley volleyball team has tied for the Missouri River Valley Conference West title.
    The Eagles had to work to post a 25-17, 20-25, 25-14 victory at Excelsior Springs Thursday night and tie Pleasant Hill at 9-1 for their first volleyball conference title since 2009.
    Sarah Armstrong and Devan Fairfield posted 11 kills each and Fairfield added 17 digs to lead the Eagles, who finished the regular season 22-7-1 overall.
    BLUE SPRINGS 25-25, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 15-17: Senior Night was a big success for Blue Springs.
    “We had excellent competitiveness and teamwork shown by senior leaders Erin Bodenstab, Miah Ruffin, Tori Spencer and Alexis Wiliams,” coach Katie Grusing said of Thursday night’s Suburban Big Six home victory over Raymore-Peculiar.
    “Offensively, it was a team effort,” Grusing said. “A great team win that gives us good momentum heading into districts next week.”
    Sophomore Alicia Starr totaled nine kills and three aces, Bodenstab had seven kills and nine digs, Williams had six kills and three aces, Spencer had six kills and sophomore Kate Tucker totaled 16 digs for Blue Springs, which finished the regular season 11-17 and 5-5 in the conference.
    OAK PARK 25-25, TRUMAN 22-20: Truman closed a 22-9-2 regular season with a nonconference home loss to Oak Park.
    Leading Truman were Lexi Hart with 13 kills, Dani Skoch with 27 assists and four digs and Allie Webb with three blocks.
    On Wednesday, Park Hill South showed Truman it’s one of the top teams in the state, posting an easy 25-11, 25-9 Suburban Middle Six victory over the visiting Patriots.
    Truman was led by Hart’s four kills and three blocks, Skoch’s 10 assists and Abby Hix’s four digs. The Patriots finished conference play at 6-4.
    STALEY 25-25, FORT OSAGE 7-10: Host Staley was too strong for Fort Osage in its Suburban Middle Seven finale. The Indians finished the regular season 6-20-2 overall and 1-11 in the conference.
    Staley also took the junior varsity match 25-20, 25-18.
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