• Blue Springs downs St. Thomas Aquinas in Metro Sports Volleyball Slam

  • The bright lights of television and a five-set match against quality competition had Blue Springs primed and ready Tuesday night.

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  • The bright lights of television and a five-set match against quality competition had Blue Springs primed and ready Tuesday night.
    The Wildcats downed a tough St. Thomas Aquinas team 3-2 (27-25, 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 17-15) in front of a television audience and a packed house in the six-team Metro Sports Volleyball Slam at St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan.
    Taryn Miller led Blue Springs with 17 kills and 19 digs and Holly Tarvin added 12 kills and 3 block as the Wildcats improved to 14-7.
    The Wildcats came into the contest ranked No. 5 in Missouri Class 4 and St. Thomas was ranked No. 2 in Kansas Class 5A.
    “It was a really great experience for the kids to play in that environment,” Blue Springs head coach Katie Grusing said. “St. James did a nice job putting this on. It’s neat for the kids to get to watch themselves on T.V.
    “I think it was just a really good test for us (against St. Thomas Aquinas). It was a good measuring stick for us.”
    BELTON 28-22-25, FORT OSAGE 26-25-18: The Indians got 13 kills from Elaine McAlister, 9 kills from Setoa Talimatasi and 10 blocks from freshman Asia Cole, but it wasn’t enough to knock off Belton in a Suburban Middle Seven game at Fort Osage.
    “We played really well,” Fort Osage head coach Sean Barrett said after his team fell to 5-15-2 overall and 1-7 in conference play. “We made some mistakes but we stayed consistent with our serve and with our blocks. Belton is a great team.
    “It was a moral victory and we’ll take it, but we’d love to have the win.”
    RAYMORE-PECULIAR 25-24-25, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 13-26-20: Host William Chrisman incurred a tough non-conference loss.
    Katie Bobbitt led the Bears (13-10) with 10 kills. Lexi Salva had six kills and Lindsey Maxwell 18 assists.
    The Panthers prevailed 25-16, 25-19 in the junior varsity match.
    BOONVILLE 17-25-25, OAK GROVE 25-22-20: Oak Grove couldn’t take advantage of a first-game victory in losing a non-conference match at Boonville. The Panthers are 7-10-1.
    LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 25-25, PARK HILL 15-14: Lee’s Summit West moved a victory closer to the Suburban Middle six title with the easy home victory.
    Katie Douglas had eight kills, Haylee Gregory six kills, Aubree Freeman five kills, and three blocks, Anne Hunter four kills and three ace serves, Kaitlyn Drawe 14 assists and three kills and Kylie Rice 13 assists and two kills.
    “It was a pretty solid match,” said coach Mark Rice of West (19-3 and 7-0). Alex Katzfey was great in serve receive.”
    West clinches at least a tie for the conference title with a victory at St. Joseph Central Thursday night.
    Page 2 of 2 - The junior varsity match also easily went West’s way 25-16, 25-7.
    RAYTOWN SOUTH 25-25, RAYTOWN 15-14: Raytown South bettered last year’s win total with the home victory over the rival Blue Jays.
    “The five seniors, Stephanie Gordon, Ali Scheetz, Trenee Bowman, Leah Ramey and Chloe Rowe, did great in helping to lead the team to a nice victory,” South coach Joe Maloney said. “They had great leadership and played hard.”
    South is 7-13 and 4-4 and Raytown 4-17-1 and 0-8.
    South posted a 25-16, 25-7 junior varsity victory.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 25-25, NOTRE DAME DE SION 18-18: North (14-9-1) posted a home victory over a solid Sion team.

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