It’s a good thing Grain Valley senior Asya Harris doesn’t have to pay for all the dings left in the floor of the Eagles gymnasium, or she might not be able to afford lunch.
She put on a show Tuesday night as the Eagles made quick work of visiting Odessa 25-11, 25-13 in a Missouri River Valley West Conference victory.
Harris was everywhere on the front line and finished with 11 kills. But she didn’t want to talk about her performance.
She was too excited about the all-around team play the Eagles turned in before an enthusiastic home crowd.
“I like it when we play well in the first game, and then go out and take care of business in the second game, too,” Harris said. “Tonight, there was just a sense of calm on the court.
“I could feel it early in the first game, as everyone was doing their job, and all you had to think about was going your job. Nights like this are a lot of fun.”
The Eagles ran out to an 11-3 lead in the first set and never looked back and had a similar 12-4 lead in the second set.
“You want to be playing your best volleyball at this time of the year,” said Harris, “and I think we’re doing that.”
The 15-5, 5-1 Eagles are in second place in the MRVC West and face first place and state-ranked Pleasant Hill (6-0) Thursday at home.
“The girls are excited about playing for first place in the conference,” coach Keri Peterson said. “They played so well tonight. I thought we were very balanced tonight and had a lot of success on the front row. All the girls played well, which opened some things up for Asya. She had a great night.”
Karly Thorp led the Eagles with nine digs and Bailey Bunney was tops with 21 assists.