The Blue Springs volleyball team got off to a slow start, but was able to bounce back in a big way and take a 25-23, 25-19 against former Suburban Big Six foe Lee’s Summit in its season opener.
Aliyah Bello led the Wildcats eight kills, while Alex Gabbert had eight digs and Lily Letchworth totaled 22 assists.
“We managed to relax and play through some first game jitters and get back in track,” Blue Springs head coach Katie Straka said. “The first set was tight the whole way, back and forth with long rallies and solid play from both teams.
“It was a weird night with a long delay at 1-1 in set two due to roof leaking. We had to move from our main center court to one of our side practice courts to keep the game going. Our kids showed great focus and poise to stay engaged in the game in the second set.”
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 25-25, PARK HILL SOUTH 18-23: The Jaguars started the first set down 4-0, but bounced back to take the first set and earned a victory in a non-conference contest with the Panthers in their home opener.
Katie Sparks’ aggressive serving led to a 10-0 run in the first set. The Jaguars were down in the second set before coming back to take match.
Meauna Booth led the offense with seven kills and two blocks; Hannah LaPour had two blocks, Rylie Gregston had 10 digs and 30 assists and Katie Sparks tallied four aces as the Jaguars improved to 6-1 overall.
The Jaguar junior varsity team won 25-27, 26-24, 15-11.
OAK GROVE 17-25-25, ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 25-24-24: After dropping the first set against the Guardians, the Panthers rebounded by taking the next two in a thrilling non-conference win Tuesday.
Emily Heldenbrand led Oak Grove with 12 kills and four aces, Mackenzie Heldenbrand chipped in with nine assists and Megan Borland, Kennedy McGinnis and Kealyn Wilkinson each had two blocks.