The Blue Springs South volleyball team solidified its hold on first place in the Suburban Big Seven Thursday.
Meaunna Booth posted nine kills and three blocks and Hannah LaPour and Carsen Murray added seven kills apiece as the host Jaguars downed the second-place Lee’s Summit West Titans 25-22, 25-17 to improve to 7-0 in the conference.
West came into the match tied with Lee’s Summit for second place at 4-2.
"I felt that Lee’s Summit West presented us with some challenges due to their potential to swing from the pins," Jaguars coach Dave MacLean said. “We've been working hard the last two weeks on our defense and West's offensive ability gave us a chance to test those areas. I am pleased with the girls’ hard work as we were able to force them out of what they wanted to do with their outsides."
Rylie Gregston dished out 27 assists, Katie Sparks added three kills and two blocks and Ellie Hermanson led the defense with 12 digs to help spark the Jaguars (18-3).
South’s junior varsity won 2-0 to improve to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, OAK GROVE 18-13: Grain Valley rode a strong offensive night to a two-set home sweep of conference rival Oak Grove Thursday.
Asya Harris totaled six kills and Kelsey Gauldin had five to spark the Eagles (8-4-2, 3-1 MRVC West).
“It was a good night all around for us offensively, which was good to see going into a tough tournament this weekend,” Eagles coach Keri Peterson said, referring to the Eagles’ trip to the Carl Junction Invitational Saturday. “Asya and Kelsey were good at running quick sets tonight.”
Bailey Bunney provided the sets and garnered 14 assists. Carly Harris led the defense with nine digs.
ST. TERESA’S 25-25, BLUE SPRINGS 16-23: Blue Springs made a strong challenge in the second set but fell to the host Stars Thursday.
“Lots of back and forth play, but they won the serve and pass battle tonight,” Wildcats coach Katie Grusing said. “We did some good things to try to take them out of what they wanted to do but untimely their ability to side out quickly was the difference.”
Hannah Vanriette posted seven kills and Haley Rothove added five. Aliyah Bello and Hannah led the defense with 11 and 9 digs, respectively.