The Grain Valley volleyball team has its first Class 4 district victory.
The Eagles dominated Sedalia Smith-Cotton for a 25-13, 25-19 victory in the first round of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament at Hickman High School in Columbia.
“We were pretty up and down, but we got our first Class 4 victory and that was a big hurdle to overcome,’ Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said. “We had pretty good balance offensively tonight.”
Karly Tharp led the balanced offense with four kills. Bailey Bunney totaled eight assists and six digs and Carly Harris had six digs as the Eagles improved to 23-7-2.
The No. 3 Eagles face No. 2 seed Jefferson City (17-13-5) in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Top-seeded Blue Springs South (28-3-1) will meet Columbia Hickman, a 27-25, 22-25, 25-19 winner over rival Columbia Rock Bridge, in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The semifinal winners then will play at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday for the title.
CLASS 4 DISTRICT 15: Fort Osage, William Chrisman and Van Horn could not get past the opening round of the Class 4 District 15 Tournament at Winnetonka High School Monday.
Fort Osage fell 25-20, 25-17 to Liberty North to finish the season 6-17-2.
“I am always sad when the season is over,” Indians coach Vanessa Gage said. “We had a lot of growth as a team and a program and the girls played with a lot of heart this season. I am anxious for the future of Fort Osage volleyball.”
Rachael Newberry tallied five kills and Amber Lee added four to lead Fort Osage. Ciera Cory dished out 11 assists and Sidney Smith led the defense with seven digs.
Van Horn finished 7-18-2 with a 25-12, 25-10 loss to host and No. 2 seed Winnetonka. Jenny Leroy led the Falcons with four kills and four blocks.
William Chrisman finished 5-23-1 with a 25-12, 25-9 loss to No. 3 seed Kearney.
CLASS 3 DISTRICT 13: Oak Grove rolled into the Class 3 District 9 semifinals with a 25-11, 25-18 win over Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Harrisonville Monday.
The second-seeded Panthers (21-9) meet No. 3 O’Hara (18-9-2), a 25-11, 25-7 winner over Clinton, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Top-seeded Pleasant Hill (30-2-1) meets Warrensburg (15-11-3) in the other semifinal Wednesday. The winners meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for the title.