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Examiner
  • Jaguar earns national honor

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  • Alexa Armendariz, a senior libero for the Blue Springs South volleyball team, is considered one of the nation’s best high school players.
    Armendariz has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s eighth-annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America Team.
    She is the first South volleyball player to receive this honor. Armendariz was selected to the honorable mention squad.
    The 100 players selected for this year's teams represent 33 states and 90 high schools. Many have already committed to play collegiate volleyball at some of the top programs in the country.
    Armendariz is committed to the University of Missouri.
    “This is really exciting,” South coach Dave MacLean said Tuesday afternoon. “A player who represents Missouri was selected from a four-state region. A lot of attention was paid to the position of the player and where they are going to college.
    “That way, a libero can get as much recognition as the players who score all the points.”
    Another South player, Mia Swanegan, was on the short list to make the All-American team, but did not make the final cut.
    Requirements for nomination were that the student-athlete be in her senior year of high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her individual season statistics versus all opponents for the entire season be entered into MaxPreps, a free service that compiles and distributes data on high school sports.
    Armendariz was one of four players from Missouri chosen, including fellow honorable mention squad member Anna Kropf of St. Teresa’s and second-team picks Lily Johnson and Maggie Scott of Class 4 state champion Lafayette-Wildwood. On the Kansas side, Bishop Miege’s Kali Eaken was a first-team pick and Arianna Person of St. James Academy in Lenexa was a second-team selection.
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