Oak Grove stumbled out of the gates with a first-set loss to the William Chrisman Bears, but rebounded to take the next two and captured a 18-25, 25-18, 25-16 Thursday at William Chrisman High School.
Sophie Heldenbrand led the team with 15 kills and 17 digs and Chloee Tripp had 10 kills and 14 digs. Emily Heldenbrand dished out 23 assists, Courtney Yarber had two blocks and Hailey Martin had two aces.
“Overall we played pretty solid at times,” Chrisman coach Dean Rausch said. “I think we are much improved over last year. Middle hitter Dee Lagrone had a solid game hitting and Cassie Simpson did a nice job at the libero spot. We still have some work to do trying to find a little more offense and shoring up the blocking. We will learn from this match and continue to improve.”
Oak Grove’s junior varsity won 27-25, 21-25, 25-20.
GRAIN VALLEY 25-25, WARRENSBURG 16-17: Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson saw some improvement from her team coming off a three-set loss to Blue Springs South Tuesday.
The Eagles rebounded for a two-set win over the Tigers Thursday in a non-conference matchup.
Sydney Wiedenmann and Ashlyn Slater led Grain Valley with six kills each and Karly Tharp and Sydney Slaven each had seven digs.
“Offensively we were a lot better being able to put the ball away and blocking since Tuesday,” Peterson said.
FORT OSAGE 25-25, RAYTOWN SOUTH 17-16: Allie Barrett paced the Indians with nine kills and led her team to a victory over the Cardinals.
All 8 of our players really stepped up and contributed to tonight's success,” Fort coach Vanessa Gage said. “Sidney Smith and Camryn Miller had a great night defensively and Ciera Cory dominated at the serving line. It was an exciting game to be a part of and a great home opener!”
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 25-25, KEARNEY 18-14: Blue Springs South started off sluggish, but still managed to come away with a 25-18, 25-14 victory over Kearney Wednesday.
“Two games in two days and the girls did well with little chance to regroup,” South coach Dave MacLean said. “Now we get ready for a big Branson tourney this weekend before starting conference next week. We're headed in the right direction and this group still has a new level of consistency to reach for, but I'm happy with how we've started.”
South had .400 hitting percentage as a team with Genna Berg leading with 13 kills. Rylie Gregston led the defense with 13 digs, Camryn Gregston dished out 26 assists, Courtney Foudree chipped in with three kills and two aces, Katie Sparks had eight kills and five digs and Hannah LaPour added three kills.
The junior varsity won 25-18, 25-14.
LONE JACK 25-25, VAN HORN 14-12: Lone Jack was too much for host Van Horn Thursday, winning 25-14 and 25-12.
“I feel like we fought hard tonight and really worked as a team, but couldn't put out the win,” Van Horn coach Jaclyn McClain said. “I'm really happy with how much we've improved since last year, though.”
PARK HILL SOUTH 21-25-25, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 25-19-15: Lee’s Summit North won the first set but dropped the next two Thursday to fall to 0-2 overall this season.
The Broncos won 25-21 in the opening game but the Panthers took the next two 25-19, 25-15.