Vanessa Jones didn’t want to leave the Fort Osage High School gymnasium.

Vanessa Jones didn’t want to leave the Fort Osage High School gymnasium.

And who could blame her.

The William Chrisman High School volleyball coach graduated from Fort Osage in 1999 and Tuesday night, her Bears played spoiler as they downed the host squad 25-22, 25-15.

“I love Vanessa – we’re very good friends,” Fort Osage coach Sean Barrett said, “and I cheer for her and Chrisman every time they play – except when they play Fort Osage.

“I can’t say enough good things about the way she coached and the way Chrisman played tonight. They passed well, controlled the ball well and Katie Bobbitt did a great job in the middle.”

Bobbitt was the star attraction for the Bears as she led Chrisman with seven kills and ended each game with a kill that dented the Fort Osage floor.

“The first (kill) felt great, the second was a little bit lucky,” Bobbitt said. “They beat us at the Lee’s Summit West tournament a week ago, so we came over here looking for revenge.

“And since coach played here, we all wanted to play our best and help her beat her old team. And we did – it’s so cool!”

Barrett was an assistant to now Fort Osage administrator Connie Truelove when Jones played for the Indians.

“I have so many great memories from playing here and I have so much respect for Sean and the job he’s done since he became head coach,” Jones said, after the Bears improved to 12-7 and 3-2 in Suburban Middle Six play.

“Sean and I go way back, so tonight was very special. I love coming over here because there is always such a great atmosphere in this gym. There was a great atmosphere when I played here and there’s still a great atmosphere.”

When asked about the difference between the way her team played Tuesday night and the way it played at the West tournament, Jones had a ready answer.

“We’ve made some changes - offensively and defensively – since we played them and we’re a much better team right now,” she said. “Katie did a great job tonight in the middle and Shelby Maxwell had 17 assists. She did a great job setting up the girls on the front row.”

The first game was a nail biter as the Indians fought back from a 22-17 deficit to cut the Bears lead to 24-22.

That’s when Bobbitt ended the game with a thunderous kill.

Fort Osage never really got into any rhythm in the second game, and sophomore middle hitter Lynn Siefker said that has been a problem this season.

“When we play as a team, we’re pretty good,” said Siefker, who led the Indians with seven kills and nine blocks, “but when one person gets down and makes a mistake we begin to struggle.

“That’s what happened in the second game. We just weren’t in it – and it’s a shame because we’re a much better team than that.”