The Grain Valley volleyball team survived an up-and-down night to claim a win in their first Suburban Conference matchup.
After splitting the first two games at Grandview, winning 25-9 and losing 25-19, the Eagles dominated the decisive set 25-7 to win their Suburban Small Seven debut Thursday.
“Being in control was the difference,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said after her team improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference. “We controlled the first game but in Game 2 we allowed them to get the momentum. We had more control in the third game.”
Karly Tharp tallied nine kills and Gracie LaForge had seven to lead the Eagles’ hitting. Jessica Slater totaled 13 assists and Sydney Slaven led the defense with nine digs.
OAK PARK 25-25, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 14-13: Morgan Bauman posted six kills and five digs but it wasn’t enough for Chrisman in its Suburban Middle Seven opener against visiting Oak Park Thursday.
Chrisman dropped to 0-3 overall. Josie Shaw dished out 13 assists.
“Morgan Bauman and Josie Shaw continue to play consist volleyball for us,” Bears coach Mary Lile said.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 25-25, BLUE SPRINGS 18-22: Mistakes cost Blue Springs in its Suburban Big Six opener Thursday.
“I was proud of our kids’ work ethic, but we made errors at inopportune times that made it hard to build any kind of momentum,” Wildcats coach Kata Straka said.
Niya Harris had 10 kills and two blocks and Chloe Kaminski had eight digs and five kills to lead the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 Big Six).