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  • Cats take care of Oakies in opener

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  • The season opener resulted in a tough, come-from-behind victory for visiting Blue Springs.
    Alicia Starr had 17 kills and one ace as the Wildcats held off Oak Park 20-25, 25-14, 25-23 Thursday night. Kate Tucker tallied 16 digs, Madi Kisner added six kills and Taylor Cook five, Ellie Tucker dished out 23 assists and strong team serving resulted in seven aces.
    “It was a solid win against a strong offensive Oak Park team,” coach Kate Grusing said. “Literally, all 10 team members contributed at some point in the match with a positive statistic. We have areas that we will continue to emphasize in practice but overall a good night for the Wildcats.”
    Blue Springs was a 25-22, 27-25 junior varsity victor.
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 25-25, GRANDVIEW 6-10: Chrisman moved to 2-0 with an easy victory at Grandview Thursday.
    “We were pretty efficient,” Chrisman coach Dean Rausch said. “We have a well-balanced team this year.”
    Chrisman was a 25-9, 24-26, 15-6 junior varsity winner.
    FORT OSAGE 25-25, RAYTOWN SOUTH 14-19: Falon Little had six kills and Paige Bunn four as the host Indians evened their record at 1-1 Thursday.
    “We played really well tonight,” Fort Osage coach Vanessa Jones said. “I was pleased with the performance.”
    Fort Osage took the junior varsity match 25-19, 19-25, 25-19.
    TRUMAN 25-25, RAYTOWN 8-10: Visiting Truman improved to 2-0 with the easy victory Thursday as Lexi Hart had 12 kills and Bri Savidge eight.
    GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, WARRENSBURG 19-22: Host Grain Valley improved to 2-0 as Tori Squiers had seven kills, Olivia Coons nine digs and Bailey Bunney 17 assists.
    “Overall, it was a solid performance by us,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said.
    Grain Valley’s junior varsity triumphed 25-17, 17-25, 25-9.
    OAK GROVE 25-25, RICHMOND 6-12: The Panthers improved to 2-1 with an easy non-conference win.
    Jayde Patton served four of Oak Grove’s 14 aces and added 14 assists and three digs. Haley Matson slammed five kills and Dani O’Neill and Callie Tripp added four apiece for the Panthers.

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