A victory Monday was not only the Van Horn volleyball team’s 10th of the season.

It also meant another day to play.

A victory Monday was not only the Van Horn volleyball team’s 10th of the season.
It also meant another day to play.
The Falcons, sparked by Aysha Bashir’s serving, downed University Academy 25-15, 25-20 to advance to the semifinals of the Class 2 District 15 Tournament at Barstow High School.
“We were excited to get our 10th win of the season,” Van Horn coach Cristin Nowak said after her team improved to 10-14. “We are looking forward to playing Lee’s Summit Community Christian (today).”
The Falcons, the fourth seed, take on the No. 1 Eagles at 6 p.m. at Barstow for a berth in Thursday’s 7 p.m. championship.
Bashir served nine straight points, including four aces, in one stretch to spark the Falcons.
“Katie Stroud had a strong game all the way around,” Nowak said.
CLASS 3 DISTRICT 15: Grain Valley had little trouble advancing to the second round of district play. Oak Grove nearly made it but gave host Excelsior Springs all it could handle.
Grain Valley manhandled Richmond 25-11, 25-17 to advance to Wednesday’s 6 p.m. district semifinal against Missouri River Valley Conference West nemesis Odessa.
“We will have to be ready for Wednesday,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said of her team, which improved to 13-16-3. “This was not one of our best games, but we played well enough to win. It’s always good to come out and have competition and continue playing.”
Whitney Broughton dished out 11 assists and Olivia Olivarez totaled 12 digs to lead the Eagles. Lauren Readshaw led the hitting with four kills.
Defense helped fifth-seeded Oak Grove come close to upsetting fourth-seeded Excelsior Springs. After losing 25-17 in the first game, the Panthers gutted out a 29-27 win to force a third game. Excelsior Springs pulled out a 25-22 win in the finale.
“It was a great match on both sides and was well fought,” Oak Grove coach Amber Evans said after her team finished its season 6-20-1. “Both teams dug up a lot of balls. It was good to see the girls fight back after the first-game loss.”
Tiffany Streator totaled 20 of the Panthers’ 57 team digs, while Nikki Rajkovacz and Jami Williams added 10 apiece. Marnie Brodzinski led the hitting with eight kills and Alex Simmons and Taylor Vickers added seven each. Liz White dished out 22 assists.
CLASS 2 DISTRICT 14: St. Mary’s had enough to down a 25-4 Lawson team Monday in the first round of district play at Higginsville High School.
“We played well,” Trojans coach Mike Espinosa said after his team’s 25-18, 25-20 win. “We started off a little slow, but we told the girls to go back to fundamentals, and they were able to refocus and finish strong.”
Now the fourth-seeded Trojans (18-9-2) must face the top-ranked team in the state, top-seeded Higginsville, in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. semifinal at Higginsville.
The Trojans lost to Higginsville in a tight three-game home match earlier this season and then split with the Huskers in the Warrensburg Tournament.
“We will have to find a fine line between being intense and being relaxed,” Espinosa said of the keys against Higginsville (22-5-3).
CLASS 4 DISTRICT 13: Lee’s Summit North rolled into the District 13 semifinals by routing Belton 25-10, 25-9 in the first round at Lee’s Summit West Monday.
The third-seeded Broncos (20-9-3) meet second-seeded Notre Dame de Sion, a 25-4, 25-7 winner over Grandview in the semifinals at 7:15 tonight.
Lee’s Summit ended its season at 13-20-2 with a 25-18, 25-14 loss to Raymore-Peculiar. Ray-Pec meets top-seeded and nationally ranked Lee’s Summit West (32-1) at 6 p.m. today in the other semifinal.