Much like the children’s nursery rhyme, when the Grain Valley volleyball team was good Monday night against visiting Pleasant Hill, they were very, very good.

Much like the children’s nursery rhyme, when the Grain Valley volleyball team was good Monday night against visiting Pleasant Hill, they were very, very good.

And when they were bad, they were – well, you get the picture.

“We were good and bad tonight,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said, following a disappointing 19-25, 25-23, 17-25 Missouri River Valley West loss to the Chicks.

“When we play as a team, when we communicate, we can be very, very good. But when we play like we did at times in the first and third games, we’re just not a very good team, and that’s so disappointing because I know what these girls are capable of.

“I told them at this point in the season, you’re no longer freshmen and sophomores – you have played half a season and we’re not going to use that as an excuse any more.”

The young Eagles have all the potential in the world, and senior middle hitter Lauren Readshaw says they are about to become something special.

“We have the potential, the talent, to be one of the best teams in school history,” Readshaw said after leading the team with nine kills.

“You caught us on an off night, and that’s disappointing, because we are so much better than what you saw tonight.

“I just want to ask the fans to come back out and support us again this season because we’re so much better than we played tonight.”

The Eagles appeared to sleepwalk through the first game, never really challenging the Chicks.

Then, they came to life in the second game and battled tooth and nail the entire contest.

Trailing 20-23, freshman Devan Fairfield served the final five points of the game to give Grain Valley a thrilling 25-23 come-from-behind win.

“We had all the momentum going into the third game,” Peterson said, “and they come out take that 5-1 lead and pretty much hold it the entire game.”

Freshman Jordan Morrison and sophomore Megan Epping made their presence felt in the match as they each recorded eight kills.

“Our younger players are really talented and are going to make this team good for a lot of years,” Readshaw said. “I’m excited about our team right now, even though I am disappointed in the way we played tonight.

“But the future looks really bright.”