The Blue Springs South volleyball team knocked off Northland Christian in straight sets in the championship to repeat as champions of the Branson Tournament Saturday.
South defeated Columbia Father Tolton (25-13, 25-11), Mount Vernon (25-12, 25-16) and Plato (25-8, 25-13) all 2-0 in pool play. The Jaguars entered as the top seed in bracket play and topped Republic (25-18, 25-9) and Carthage (30-28, 25-16) to reach the finals.
"We played inconsistent at times but overall we were pretty solid and there were moments that I felt our team was executing at a high level," Jaguars coach Dave MacLean said. "We played all our kids and they all did some great things to contribute to our team’s success today."
Juniors Rylie Gregston and Hannah LaPour were named to the all-tournament team. Gregston totaled 109 assists and 24 digs while LaPour posted 33 kills and 10 blocks to lead the Jaguars (8-0).
Mandy Main (17 assists, 24 digs), Taylor Brungardt (33 kills, 7 aces), Ellie Hermanson (52 digs), Katie Sparks (27 kills, 4 aces), Anna Ryan (13 kills, 6 aces), Danielle Moje (9 kills, 2 aces), Carsen Murray (16 kills, 7 blocks) and Meaunna Booth (17 kills, 9 blocks) also helped power South.
HOLDEN TOURNAMENT: Fort Osage and Oak Grove each were successful in pool play but fell in the first round of bracket play in the Holden Tournament Saturday.
Fort Osage beat Lexington (25-17, 25-19) and Skyline-Urbana (25-21, 25-14) and split with Adrian (25-22, 17-25) to win its pool.
The Indians, though, dropped a close match to Boonville, 28-26, 25-23, in bracket play.
“I am pleased with Saturday's performance,” Indians coach Vanessa Gage said. “The girls played hard all day and fought until the very end. There were moments where we were down and the girls worked hard to rally back, take the lead and come out with a win.”
Freshman Aly Young knocked down 20 kills while sophomore Rachel Tharp added 15 and senior Amber Lee had 14. Camryn Miller posted 42 digs to pace Fort Osage.
Oak Grove swept St. Paul Lutheran-Concordia, Lone Jack and Holden in straight sets but lost in three to Adrian in bracket play.
Ginny Hayes led the Panthers (5-1) with 25 kills and 36 digs, while Chloee Tripp had 23 kills and 24 digs and Emily Heldenbrand had 50 assists and 25 digs.
GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, SMITHVILLE 12-17: Grain Valley had no problem dispatching the Warriors in a non-conference home win Monday.
Karly Tharp led Grain Valley with six kills, Bailey Bunney had a team-high 14 assists and Carly Harris led with 11 digs.
“We did good job of extending the lead up front,” Eagles coach Keri Peterson said. “We were able to work on some different styles of offenses to help us become a better team.”
WINNETONKA 25-23-25, FORT OSAGE 14-25-15: Fort Osage took visiting Winnetonka to three sets before falling Tuesday.
“Overall, I am very pleased with how the girls played tonight,” Fort Osage coach Vanessa Gage said. “We fought for every point and left it all on the court, and as a coach, that's all I can ask for.”
Rachel Tharp had 10 kills, Danielle Brockmeyer added six kills and Camryn Miller posted 16 digs to lead the Indians.
Fort Osage dropped the junior varsity match, winning the first set 27-25 but falling 25-17, 15-9 in the next two.