The beginning of the week was good for three Cass County volleyball teams in district play.
Midway, Pleasant Hill and Raymore-Peculiar all battled to the championship matches of their respective district tournaments.
Seeded No. 2 in the Class 1, District 13 tournament, Midway had a bye in the first round Oct. 28 and defeated No. 3 seeded Drexel 25-19 and 25-18 in the semifinals.
The second game started out close, with the score tied at 9-9 before the Vikings started to build a lead. Midway senior middle hitter Jessica Owens served the ball into the net, but the Vikings followed with two kills by senior outside hitter Megan O’Brien to lead 23-17. After a tip from senior setter Jodi Rhodes, Drexel got a kill from junior Jenna Bartholomew to make the score 24-18. Midway junior outside hitter Emily Aksamit hit the winning spike.
Midway also took down No. 7 seeded Ballard 25-8 and 25-9 in the first round. The Vikings, 28-3, took on No. 1 seeded Kansas City Lutheran in the finals Oct. 30.
Drexel defeated No. 6 seeded Archie 25-17, 24-26 and 25-12 in the first round of the tournament Oct. 28.
The Bobcats cruised ahead of the Whirlwinds in the first game, taking a 23-15 advantage. With a kill from sophomore Jacy Bolton, Drexel was ahead 24-15. But Archie got a kill from senior Jordan Schulte and an ace from senior Kaylie Hester to close the gap to 24-17. The Bobcats finished the game with a kill by sophomore Allison Jacobs.
Drexel had an early lead again in the second game, but Archie fought to knot the score at 20-20. Drexel responded with a kill from junior Lauryn Campbell, an error by the Whirlwinds and a kill from senior Adison Barnhart to lead 23-20. Jacobs’ serve hit the net next, but it was followed with a push by Barnhart to put the Bobcats up 24-21.
Archie responded with a push and a block by freshman Marie Arnold, plus an error by Drexel to tie the score at 24-24. Sophomore Kaci Fisher got two aces in a row to give the Whirlwinds the win.
The Bobcats fired it up in the third game, taking an early lead and keeping it through the rest of the game. With Drexel ahead at 20-10, Campbell had three kills among a Bobcat error to put Drexel ahead 23-11. After a kill from Archie’s Fisher, Bartholomew got a spike and Campbell served an ace to win it for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats end the season with a 19-8 record as the Whirlwinds end with a 7-17-2 record.
No. 2 seeded Pleasant Hill had a bye in the first round and conquered No. 3 seeded Mt. Vernon 25-8 and 25-21 in the Class 3, District 12 semifinals Oct. 28 at Nevada. The Chicks, 22-7-1, faced No. 1 seeded Carl Junction in the championship Oct. 30.
No. 5 seeded Harrisonville was defeated by No. 4 seeded Nevada 25-15 and 25-14 in the first round of the same district. The Wildcats end the season with an 11-16-4 record.
No. 2 seeded Raymore-Peculiar, 13-18, finished off No. 7 seeded Ruskin 25-9 and 25-8 in the first round of the Class 4, District 13 tournament Oct. 28 at Raymore-Peculiar.
The Panthers went on to defeat No. 3 seeded Notre Dame de Sion 26-24 and 25-15 in the semifinals Oct. 29. Raymore-Peculiar battled No. 1 seeded Lee’s Summit West in the championship Oct. 30.
In the same district, No. 5 seeded Belton lost to No. 4 seeded Lee’s Summit 25-21 and 25-23 in the first round.
The Pirates end their season with a 14-12-1 record.
No. 6 seeded Sherwood lost to No. 3 seeded Butler 25-17 and 25-12 in the Class 2, District 13 first round held Oct. 28 at Sherwood. The Marksmen end their season with a 5-20-2 record.
Results of the district championship matches will be in next week’s issue.