Perfection continues for the Blue Springs South volleyball team.
Using a seemingly endless amount of effective hitters – five different Jaguars had at least five kills – South improved to 11-0 on the season Tuesday with a 25-23, 25-19 win at Lee’s Summit West.
“We want to be that balanced,” Jaguars coach Dave MacLean said. “So many high school teams are built around one or two hitters, but we have good balance. … We don’t have one dominating hitter, but we have a lot of good ones and we play that to our advantage.”
With hitters coming from all angles and places on the court, South made the key shots when it needed to in rallying from a 14-7 deficit in the first set, then led from start to finish in the second.
Junior outside hitter Katie Sparks noted it’s an advantage for the Jaguars when every player on their side of the court is an offensive threat.
“I like knowing when I’m on the front row that my middles are very confident and can swing really well and that helps as an outside hitter,” said Sparks, who finished with five kills.
Meaunna Booth and Hannah LaPour helped ignite South’s rally in the opening set.
Both players had multiple kills as the Jaguars went on a 10-3 run, with LaPour knocking down two more shots to help South finish off the frame.
“Everybody just kept fighting in the first set,” LaPour said. “Everyone on the team is passionate about volleyball and I think it really shows.”
MacLean said it displayed the character his team has to rally and win the first set.
“West forced us into an uncomfortable position and I was really proud of the grit our girls showed to work our way out of it,” he said. “We felt confidence in what we were passing so we could run some offense, but we just needed to execute it at a much better level.”
Sparks and Taylor Brungardt each had three kills in the second set as the Jaguars also improved to 3-0 in the Suburban Big Seven.
Brungardt and Booth finished with six kills, while Carsen Murray and LaPour joined Sparks in knocking down five shots.
“We knew West would be really competitive as they’ve had a lot of success,” MacLean said. “We prepared for a close match. We struggled with consistency in our offense. We want to be really aggressive, but then the problem is we can have errors mount up. It’s a happy medium, we don’t want to play conservative, because then the girls can’t play to their potential. We want to be aggressive, but be good at it.”
Right now, South is perfect at it.
“We have a big goal, and that’s to go really far,” Sparks said. “So being undefeated is really nice. We have a lot of confidence. It makes it fun going to practice every day.”
Added LaPour: “It’s super exciting to have all the talented players we have. I can’t wait to see what we do.”