Volleyball is a game that features emotional play, momentum and great communication on the court.

Fortunately for first-year William Chrisman volleyball coach Mary Lile, those key factors all happened on the Bears’ side of the court Thursday night as the host team totally dominated the Raytown Blue Jays 25-15, 25-11 in a Suburban Middle Seven match.

Chrisman’s Morgan Bauman led the charge with 12 kills. Teammate Madison Kommel added six. Josie Shaw led the way with 12 assists and Patience Farmer was tops with 10 digs.

“This was a total team effort,” Lile said after her team improved to 8-9 overall and 5-3 in the conference. “We’re getting better every time we play. I thought we were very aggressive with our serves tonight (six aces) and we were very active and successful on the front row.

“I’m so happy for the girls because they have worked hard to get to this point where we can go out and have some success, even against a tough conference opponent like Raytown.”

Shaw served four consecutive points – including her first of two aces – to get the Bears off and rolling in the first set.

“Tonight was one of those nights where we really played well in both sets,” Bauman said. “We’re so much better as a team right now than we were in the first of the season. We have a lot better communication out on the court and we get excited when we have some success.”

Camryn Holloman, a spunky setter who is barely 5-foot, was quick to add, “We love to get excited! When Morgan or Madison or any of the girls get the ball and get a big kill we are all so excited. This is just a fun team to be on.

“We’re playing a lot better now and want to keep playing well the rest of (the regular) season and on into the playoffs.”

The Bears jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the second set and never looked back.

“We were able to keep and maintain the momentum for both sets, and that’s a credit to the girls,” Lile said. “You could see their enthusiasm just continue to grow, and I think that played a big role in keeping our momentum all night.”