Long after the sting of a 25-13, 25-22 Class 4 Sectional loss to Lee’s Summit West Saturday afternoon at St. Teresa’s Academy had subsided, Blue Springs High School volleyball coach Katie Grusing looked back at a season worth remembering.

Long after the sting of a 25-13, 25-22 Class 4 Sectional loss to Lee’s Summit West Saturday afternoon at St. Teresa’s Academy had subsided, Blue Springs High School volleyball coach Katie Grusing looked back at a season worth remembering.

“It was a great season and a great group of girls to work with,” Grusing said after the Wildcats wrapped up a 25-8 season that saw them go undefeated to win the Suburban Big Six title and then win a district title.

“Losses like this hurt. After a loss like this, you ask yourself why do you do what you’re doing, then you start another season and begin working with a new team and you know why you’re doing it – it’s because you love being around the kids and you love what you do.”

The Wildcats got off to a slow start in the first game, and never really challenged the Titans, who made it three straight final four berths.

Blue Springs then got off to a bumbling start in Game 2, and trailed 0-4 before the competitive fire kicked in.

“It was 0-4 on a missed serve, hitting the ball into the net – things like that,” Grusing said. “Then, we started to play pretty well. We never really played that well in the first game, but we kept it close in the second game.

“I believe the officials missed something late in the match, and instead of the score being 20-all, it was 20-19 in favor of West, and we just couldn’t come back. And that’s a shame because in most of our three-set matches this season, we lost the first game and came back and won the second and third games.

“I’m not saying that would have happened today, but I was hoping we would win the second game to see what happened in the third. West is a great team – they beat us twice during the regular season, and they played well today.”
While the season is over, the memories will linger for quite some time.

“When you lose like that, the sadness hangs around a few days,” Grusing said. “The first couple of days, it’s like, ‘I should be at practice. Oh, wait,’ and it takes a few days before things get back to normal. We just have such great kids at Blue Springs, you really miss the seniors and hope that they keep in touch, because you want to know what’s going on in their lives.”

West (33-4) will take on Ozark (27-7), Francis Howell (31-5-2) and Lafayette-Wildwood (36-0), which is ranked No. 2 nationally, in the final four Friday and Saturday in Cape Girardeau.