Lee’s Summit provided a strong challenge but the Blue Springs South volleyball team was able to remain undefeated.
Lee’s Summit edged the Jaguars 26-24 in the first set but South dominated the next two, 25-16, 25-11 to improve to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the Suburban Big Seven.
"The Tigers came out and were very aggressive and put us back on our heels," Jaguars coach Dave MacLean said. "We weren't ready to play tonight and that's on me as the head coach."
MacLean said some adjustments at the end of the first set helped his team defensively, which allowed his offense to attack on solid setting from Rylie Gregston.
"We were out of system a lot and Rylie made some great sets to the pin and our outside hitters did a good job of taking out the trash so to speak," MacLean said.
Gregston totaled 32 assists, Taylor Brungardt posted 11 kills and three aces, Katie Sparks knocked down eight kills and Meaunna Booth had five kills and four blocks to lead the way.
South’s junior varsity won 25-19, 25-13.
GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, LIBERTY NORTH 20-15: Grain Valley overcame a sluggish start to knock off host Liberty North for a non-conference victory Thursday.
Morgan Scott knocked down five kills and Bailey Bunney had 11 assists to lead the Eagles (3-2).
“We came out slow but the offense was able to pick it up by the end of Game 1 and we continued it into Game 2,” Eagles coach Keri Peterson said.
Carly Harris, Karly Tharp and Olivia Coons led the defense with seven digs apiece.
FORT OSAGE 25-26, BELTON 14-24: Fort Osage bounced back after some tough outings lately to stop host Belton Thursday.
Senior Amber Lee and freshman Kendra Siefker each knocked down five kills to lead the Indians (5-4-1).
“We have struggled the last few games and tonight was fun to watch,” Fort Osage coach Vanessa Gage said. “Tonight's win was a total team effort and I truly enjoyed watching them play.”
Fort Osage’s junior varsity won 25-13, 24-26, 15-9.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 25-25, BLUE SPRINGS 16-17: Blue Springs coach Katie Grusing said her team had things to work on but also some positives in a Suburban Big Seven road loss at West Thursday.
“We played well at times but still feel we have some areas that need attention,” Grusing said. “When you face a quality opponent like Lee’s Summit West, you can't have any moments where you don't play at the top of your game.”
Niya Harris totaled nine kills and Hannah Vanriette added eight, while Caroline Foster had 22 assists to lead the Wildcats (3-3, 1-2 Big Seven).
“Niya Harris's tough work ethic is paying off as she led us in kills for the first time,” Grusing said. “Hannah Vanriette was right behind her and those two continue to push each other in practice each day. Caroline Foster did a great job running our offense.”