The Grain Valley volleyball team overcame a first-set loss for a Suburban Small Seven win Thursday,
After falling 25-23 in the first game, the Eagles topped host Smithville 25-21 and 25-20 to improve to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
“We had a lull in Game 1 and Game 3, but I saw some determination from our girls to pull out a win,” Eagles coach Keri Peterson said. “It was a real team effort, and we made better decisions offensively.”
Gracie LaForge knocked down eight kills to lead Grain Valley. Jessica Slater tallied 17 assists and Sydney Slaven led the defense with 13 digs.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 25-25, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 15-18: Middle hitter Hannah LaPour’s serving run helped Blue Springs South top host Ray-Pec Thursday.
LaPour went on an 8-0 serving run with a pair of aces in the first set and finished the match with eight digs.
Outside hitter Taylor Brungardt knocked down seven kills, Meauna Booth had three blocks and setter Rylie Gregston added 25 assists with 12 digs for the Jaguars (10-1, 2-0 Big Six).
South’s junior varsity won 25-23, 25-14.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 16-28-25, BLUE SPRINGS 25-26-23: The Wildcats took the first set, but couldn’t put it away in the second or third in a loss to the Titans Thursday in a Suburban Big Six contest.
Aliyah Bello led the Wildcats (3-3, 1-2) with 12 kills, and Niya Harris added 10. Chloe Kaminsky chipped in with 17 digs and Lily Letchworth had 15 digs and 30 assists.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 28-25, NORTH KANSAS CITY 26-21: Chrisman senior Morgan Bauman had another solid showing with eight kills and two aces in a win against North Kansas City during Thursday’s Suburban Middle Seven Conference showdown.
Josie Shaw added 13 assists for the Bears (2-3, 2-1). Cameron Holloman chipped in with five digs.
ST. MICHAEL 25-25, PLEASANT HILL 13-23: The Guardians got a great effort from Taylor Westhoff, who had five kills during a win against the Chicks Thursday.
St. Michael (7-3) trailed 13-3 in the second set, but Cali Bokenkroger served five aces to keep the Guardians in it. Emma Foley added 12 digs and Kennedy Pitts chipped in with seven.
OAK GROVE 25-25, WELLINGTON-NAPOLEON 17-23: Oak Grove improved to 6-2 on the season after a win over Wellington-Napoleon Tuesday.
Emily Heldenbrand led the Panthers with five kills, Olivia Johnson had three and Katie Jennings added two. Johnson also had a team-high seven digs and Abigail Blansit had two blocks.