There is something exciting happening inside the Blue Springs South High School gym, and it’s not related to the splashy new high-definition Scorevision scoreboards (please see related story on Page 1A).
Coach Dave MacLean’s senior-less volleyball team improved to 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban Big Seven with a quick 25-14, 25-18 home win over Lee’s Summit North Thursday night.
Junior Hanna LaPour again dominated on the front line with nine kills.
“This season has been so much fun,” said LaPour, who played a small part in last year’s 31-4 team that was 12-0 in conference and won the first district title at South since 1997. “We don’t even think about not having any seniors on the team, we just go out and play and have fun. It’s really pretty cool.”
Fellow junior Taylor Brungardt agreed with LaPour.
“We had a great season last year, won a lot of matches, and thought we can do it again this year even though we lost a lot of great players,” added Brungardt, who had four kills and an ace. “We don’t have a senior, so now, the juniors feel like the upperclassmen.
“But we don’t think of ourselves as juniors or sophomores – we just think of ourselves as members of the Blue Springs South volleyball team. And we’re having so much fun!”
LaPour and the other Jaguars have shown a lot of improvement in the process, MacLean said.
“Hannah has improved so much between last year and this year and has really become a force,” MacLean said. “And you can tell by watching the girls that they really enjoy playing with each other and I think that can lead to a lot of success.”
He paused for a moment, and added, “And we have a lot of talent on this team. We had a lot of talent last year, some great players, and we’re young this year, but all we’re thinking about is now. No one is thinking about next season, we’re concentrating on 2017.”
While she was not happy with the end result, Truman graduate Shelby Hoffman saw some bright spots with her Broncos, who fell to 0-5 and 0-2.
“South is a very good team,” Hoffman said. “They’re young, but they are so talented. They’re very strong on the front line and make you pay for your mistakes. But we did some good things tonight, and we just have to keep working to get better.”
Mallory Meers had three aces and three kills for the Broncos.