Grain Valley finished just short of a district volleyball title.

Grain Valley finished just short of a district volleyball title.
After defeating Odessa 25-22, 25-9 in the Class 3 District 15 semifinals Wednesday, the Eagles fell 25-20, 25-20 to host Excelsior Springs in the finals later in the night.
“We played well, but Excelsior Springs outhustled us,” Eagles coach Keri Peterson said. “They were aggressive, and we picked it up a little too late.”
Whitney Broughton notched 16 assists for the Eagles (14-17-3) while Olivia Olivarez finished with 16 digs. Paige Mead led the team with six kills.
In the semifinals, the Eagles won a close first game before blowing out the Bulldogs in the second game, avenging a recent loss to Odessa.
“We came out ready to play,” Peterson said. “We played consistently and maintained the lead in the first game. Then we gained momentum off of our serves.”
Broughton again had 16 assists, while Lindsey Laber added 16 digs. Mead again led in kills with eight, while Jessica Robb added six kills.
HIGGINSVILLE 25-25, ST. MARY’S 7-13: A good season ended for St. Mary’s in the Class 2 District 14 semifinals at Higginsville Wednesday.
“Sometimes, you show up to compete, sometimes you show up to participate,” Trojans coach Mike Espinosa said after the loss to the top-seeded and top-ranked Class 2 team in the state. “Tonight, we showed up to participate.
“There’s a reason they’re seeded No. 1 and we’re seeded No. 4. They have an excellent defense and we couldn’t find a spot on the floor. (Higginsville) played with a lot of intensity.”
St. Mary’s ends the season with an 18-10-2 record.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 25-25, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 13-11: The defending Class 4 state champion claimed another district title Wednesday.
Lee’s Summit West returns to sectional play after beating rival North in the Class 4 District 13 finals at West.
“It was a great match,” Titans coach Mark Rice said. “We served tough, our passing was on and our hitting percentage was out the roof. Our setters also did a good job of getting the ball to the hitters.”
Jessica Kopp led the Titans (34-1) with eight kills. Emily Briseno, Paige Vanderpool and Kelsey Piepergerdes each notched four kills. Briseno also had six blocks. Kate Harris finished with four kills and 14 assists, while Kaitlyn Drawe added four kills and 10 assists.
The Titans will play North Kansas City at Blue Springs South High School Saturday in sectional play. The winner advances to the state quarterfinal later in the day.