Lee’s Summit West wrapped up a perfect Suburban Big Six Conference season with a 25-19, 25-15 victory at Blue Springs South Tuesday night.
But the Jaguars believe they can put the setback in the rearview mirror as they prepare for a big Dig for the Cure charity matchup at Blue Springs High School Thursday.
“We had some good moments tonight, just not enough of them,” said South’s Aubrey LaPour, who led the Jaguars with seven kills. “When we got down 10-1 in the first set (coach Mallori) Perry called a timeout and after that, we went on an 11-3 run.
“We made it close, but they found a way to win at the end. We got off to a good start in the second set, then they pretty much dominated – but we have to forget about that and focus on the Wildcats and what we have to do to win Thursday.”
The big story of the second set was all-state middle hitter Abby Massengill serving the last nine points for the win, with two aces.
“Abby is 6-foot and doesn’t really look like someone who would star on the back row, but she is an all-around player – that’s why she was all state last year,” Titans coach Jennifer Morgan said. “She did a great job serving, and it came at a great time because we’d had a couple of errors serving and we needed something from Abby and she delivered.”
The Titans ran off to that 10-1 lead in the first set but the Jaguars used an 11-3 surge to make the game close.
“We need to see more of that 11-3 team and less of that 10-1 team,” joked South coach Mallori Perry, after her team fell to 12-17 overall and 4-5 in the Big Six. “When they ran off to that 10-1 lead we had four errors – and we’re better than that. We looked so good in that 11-3 run, and we do need to see more of that team, and I think we will.”
The second set was tied at 15-all and the Titans scored 10 in a row, with Massengill serving the last nine straight.
Morgan’s Titans wrapped up a 10-0 conference season and 24-4 overall record with the win, and she said it’s the perfect way to head into next week’s district action.
“Our girls really stepped up tonight, and since we don’t have a Thursday night match, this is it for the regular season,” Morgan said. “I’m proud of them and we can go into district with a lot of confidence.”
Sydney Handel led West with nine kills, Odyssey Warren added eight and Massengill seven.
Marti Strickert led South with 14 assists.