Blue Springs South couldn’t hold a late lead in the first set, and host St. Teresa’s Academy rallied and led the rest of the way for a 25-20, 25-15 win Tuesday in South’s season opener.
"We had a lot of first-match jitters and first-time varsity players who had great moments and not-so-great moments," South coach Dave MacLean said. "St. Teresa’s really played well tonight defensively in the second set and at the end of the first set. We never really got our offense going and St. Teresa’s did – it’s really an uphill battle when that happens."
KK Stoudemire had four kills, Sydney Sinclair four digs and Bree O’Sullivan five assists for the Jaguars.
"Our girls have been working hard all preseason," MacLean said. "We have consistency issues that if we work out we can be a competitive team."
OAK GROVE 25-25, HIGGINSVILLE 16-22: The Panthers won their Missouri River Valley Conference West opener Tuesday to even their overall record at 1-1.
Callie Tripp pounded nine kills, and Sierra Smith added five kills and three aces for Oak Grove. Jayde Patton registered 18 assists and six digs, Haley Matson four kills, Dani O’Neill two blocks and Bre Drury nine digs.
"Tonight we played very well as a team," Oak Grove coach Lori Klaus said. "Our defense was very solid tonight, which allowed our offense to shine. It was a lot of fun to see these girls’ desire to win. They have worked extremely hard this summer and in practice, and the first win means a lot to us."
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 25-25, BELTON 12-18: Coach Dean Rausch was pleased with Chrisman’s season-opening victory at Belton Tuesday night.
"We got the right kids in the right places this year," he said. "They all played really well. The communication and serve reception were there."