PH South still dominant; Lady Pirates win own Tourney

Park Hill South continued its red-hot start to the season last week, racking up seven more wins. The Lady Panthers opened the week by beating a Lee’s Summit West team that gave them problems last year 2-0. They followed it up with a 2-0 win over rival Park Hill before winning five of six games in the Lee’s Summit North Invitational.

Park Hill South dispatched Columbia Hickman, Oak Park, Lee’s Summit, Notre Dame de Sion and Columbia Rock Bridge in straight sets before suffering its first loss of the year to Liberty in three sets, 24-26, 25-23, 19-25.

On the year, Ashton Anderson has racked up 140 assists while Kayla Wainwright and Claire Friedlund have recorded 41 and 39 kills, respectively. Sammi Nay is averaging 5.5 digs per contest, as well.

The Lady Panthers (16-1) were hosting Winnetonka as The Citizen went to press Tuesday night and will play at Truman Thursday night and Blue Springs South next Tuesday.

• PLATTE COUNTY was 1-1 during the week last week before rattling off six straight 2-0 wins to claim the Platte County Invitational title.

The Lady Pirates opened the week with a 2-0 win over Liberty North, in which Maren Mair had nine kills and six blocks. Mickey Trimble had 12 assists and Bre Post recorded 15 digs.

Platte County fell 2-0 to Kearney last Thursday despite 10 assists a piece from Trimble and Kenedy Knox. Mair also had eight kills.

The Pirates defeated St. Joseph Benton, William Chrisman, Battle, Raytown South, St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond and Belton in straight sets to claim the tournament championship.

“I was very pleased with our overall performance on the day,” head coach Jan Patterson said. “Our serve receiving is improving and our team is really staying on the attack with hard, well-placed spikes.

Trimble and Knox combined for 125 assists on the day while five players had over 20 kills, led by 36 from Mair. Post recorded 46 digs while Teryn Scott dug up 40 shots. Rebekah Hansen had 15 blocks in the tournament.

Platte County (10-2) hosts Winnetonka Thursday and St. Joseph Benton next Monday.