The Blue Springs South volleyball team visited Lee’s Summit North Tuesday night and turned in a crisp, businesslike effort in downing the host Broncos 25-20, 25-21.

The Blue Springs South volleyball team visited Lee’s Summit North Tuesday night and turned in a crisp, businesslike effort in downing the host Broncos 25-20, 25-21.

“I thought we were able to maintain our consistency in each game,” said South middle hitter Julia Towler, who teamed with Chloe Robinson to provide a strong front-row defense for the Jaguars, who improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in Suburban Big Six action.

“I really thought the first game turned around when Alexa (Armendariz) made that dig. That really got us going.”

South got off to a slim 8-6 lead in the first game, only to see North eventually knot the score at 12-all.

That’s when Armendariz’s sensational dig helped the Jaguars reel off a 12-4 run.

The sophomore libero threw caution to the wind, dove to the ground and saved what appeared to be a sure Bronco point. The Jaguars then scored a point on a Towler kill and North could not respond.

“I like to make a play like that, to fire everyone up,” Armendariz said. “We needed something like that because they were making a comeback and we needed to get everyone fired up.”

It certainly fired up Towler, who had two kills and two blocks during the South run.

“We all rely on Alexa to make plays like that,” Towler said. “She really gets things going out there.”

First-year coach Dave MacLean agreed with that statement.

“Nothing Alexa does is flashy,” MacLean said, “and to me, that makes her flashy. She does all the things a coach likes to see. She’s just a sophomore, but you can tell she has played a lot of volleyball.

“When we need some intensity out on the court, she provides it. She has been a valuable player this season.”

Neither team had more than a four-point lead in the second game, and it was tied nine times.

“We didn’t want it to go three games,” Towler said. “They’re such a good team, and we wanted to win that second game and head back to Blue Springs with a win.”

South led 20-17 when standout outside hitter Carly Sojka took over, recording three consecutive kills to help the Jaguars remain undefeated in conference play.

Sojka led the Jaguars with eight kills and Towler, Mia Swanegan and Robinson added six each. Janie Morrison had 24 assists and Armendariz finished with 10 digs.

“I thought we were able to keep it close against a very good team,” North coach Rhea Moses said after the Broncos fell to 9-3 and 1-2. “We played better in the second game, but that is a very good South team.”

South also won the junior varsity match.