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Examiner
  • Five from area tabbed all-state

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  • A pair of area volleyball players received second-team honors when the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association all-state teams were released this week, and three others were named honorable mention.
    Blue Springs South senior middle hitter Mia Swanegan was named to the second team in Class 4, as was Grain Valley senior outside hitter Devan Fairfield in Class 3. Also in Class 4, South senior libero Alexa Armendariz, Blue Springs senior setter Erin Bodenstab and Truman sophomore middle hitter Lexi Hart were named honorable mention.
    Swanegan, who Tuesday signed her letter of intent to play next year at Texas Christian University, was honorable mention all-state last season. Her 337 kills (4.4 per game), .337 hitting percentage and 82 total blocks helped Blue Springs South to a 19-12-1 record.
    Armendariz, who signed her letter of intent for the University of Missouri, was named AVCA All-America honorable mention earlier this week. She tallied 410 digs (5.4 per game), graded above 95 percent on serve receptions and served 26 aces.
    Fairfield, a Kansas State preferred walk-on, helped the Eagles 24-8-1 record, a share of the Missouri River Valley Conference West title and a district championship. After setting for three seasons, she moved to the outside this year and notched 147 kills (2 per game) and 310 digs (4.3) and added 19 aces.
    “She’s got a strong arm and hits a heavy ball. She’s not very tall, but her ball control is what we needed,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said. “She’s a true libero, which is what she’ll play at K-State.”
    Fairfield said not playing setter certainly was different.
    “I don’t know if I really expecting it, but I really liked it,” said Fairfield, who will graduate early from Grain Valley and enroll for the spring semester at Kansas State. “I just tried my best.
    “I’m just ready for something different,” she said of her early move, “and I’m hoping to get a head start.”
    Bodenstab was the lone setter in Blue Springs system, dishing out 598 assists (8.5 per game) as the Wildcats went 14-18 but captured a district title. One of the team’s three returning letter winners from 2012, she added 109 kills, 57 blocks and 266 digs (3.8 per game).
    “I cannot say enough about her team contribution this season,” Blue Springs coach Katie Grusing said of Bodenstab. “Our entire offensive and defensive scheme is built around her.
    “She consistently made the smartest choice and best set and shouldered a lot of pressure this season to be flawless. She was one of the most defensive-minded setters in the area.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Hart’s 331 kills on a .355 hitting percentage and 63 blocks helped the Patriots to a 23-11-2 record.
    “I think it’s definitely deserving,” Truman coach Denise Craig said of Hart, who started for Truman right as a freshman. “Being first-team regional, I think that shows how much coaches around here thought of her.
    “Her work ethic is phenomenal, and I’m sure the basketball coach will tell you the same thing. She’s just a great athlete.”
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