Lee’s Summit West senior Madi Mosier tried hitting from just about every spot on the floor, but nothing could help her gather the proper timing as she cycled through warmups Saturday at St. Teresa’s Academy.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Then the match started.
Mosier flipped on her game when it counted, recording seven kills against no hitting errors as part of Lee’s Summit West’s 25-17, 27-25 sectional championship win against St. Teresa’s Academy. For the third straight season, the Titans are headed to the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau for the Class 4 state tournament.
“Every warmup is different, but I couldn’t let it affect me during the match,” Mosier said. “I just blocked that out and worked harder during the match.”
The Titans, 33-4, were the ones to benefit. With St. Teresa’s, 20-17, focusing most of its blockers around Lee’s Summit West star Taylor Sandbothe, who is headed to play at Ohio State next year, Mosier became the primary option. She had three kills, two aces and a block as the Titans built a 22-16 lead in the second set.
Using its one-two attacking punch of Abbey Haines and Emily Wemhoff, St. Teresa’s fought off a pair of match points to tie the score at 24 and then shook off another to tie it at 25.
Sandbothe emerged for a kill to regain the Titans’ lead before a contested call ended the match. St. Teresa’s argued their final hitting error was tipped by the Lee’s Summit West middle blockers, but referees ruled the shot landed out of bounds without contact, ending the second set and the match.
“I thought we had every opportunity to take that game and force another,” St. Teresa’s coach Abbie Lane said. “I don’t know if it was (tipped) or not, but one point didn’t decide the match.”
Sandbothe had nine kills and four blocks, while Carlisa May added seven kills for Lee’s Summit West, which will face Ozark, 27-7, in the semifinals Friday, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s title match.
The championship tilt likely will be against Lafayette (Wildwood), winners of last season’s Class 4 championship. Lafayette, 36-0, has not dropped a set this season and swept Lee’s Summit West in an early-season tournament.
“The pressure is off us now,” Titans coach Lori Hanaway said. “In the state tournament, anything can happen. No one knows what to expect.”
Lee’s Summit West began Saturday’s sectional with a sweep of Blue Springs (25-13, 25-22). St. Teresa’s defeated Liberty 27-25, 29-27 in the opening round.