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Examiner
  • Jags end summer with league title

  • Before the start of the championship round of the Lee’s Summit North Summer Volleyball League, Blue Springs South coach Dave MacLean offered his Jaguars a challenge.

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  • Before the start of the championship round of the Lee’s Summit North Summer Volleyball League, Blue Springs South coach Dave MacLean offered his Jaguars a challenge.
    “I asked them if they wanted to be a top-shelf team or a B-plus team,” MacLean said. “They said they wanted to be a top-shelf team, and they certainly played like one.”
    The Jaguars routed Raytown 25-12, 25-11 in their opening match and then faced league favorite Lee’s Summit West in the semifinals.
    The Jaguars topped the Titans 27-26 (teams could win by one-point in the summer format) before falling 21-25.
    South rebounded to claim a 15-11 victory in the final set and moved on to play an up-and-coming Pleasant Hill squad.
    The Chicks led 23-20 in the first set before South claimed a 25-23 win and the Jaguars wrapped up the special evening with a 25-17 win to claim the championship.
    “It’s just a summer league, but look at what Blue Springs did in the summer league last year,” MacLean said. “They dominated everyone and went on and won a conference championship and were one of the top teams in the area.
    “That’s what I’d like to see our girls do. Before the championship games, I challenged them, and they accepted the challenge. Will what we did (Tuesday night) carry over to the season?
    “Well, I certainly hope so. We have a lot to work on, but we had so much success in the summer league that the girls should be playing and practicing with a lot of confidence.”
    And that’s something Texas Christian University-bound middle hitter Mia Swanegan said could pay big dividends this season.
    “All we have to do is worry about ourselves, because we have so much faith and confidence in our teammates,” said Swanegan, who dominated the front row against Pleasant Hill. “I can’t wait for the season to start and neither can the rest of my teammates.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
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