As Friday’s final matches were getting underway in the Missouri state volleyball tournament, Park Hill South volleyball coach Debbie Fay didn’t explain to her team the scenarios that would allow the Panthers to reach the Class 4 championship match Saturday at the Show Me Center.
So when an Ozark player sent a ball wildly into the net to give Park Hill South a win in their fifth set of pool play, her players didn’t know they had clinched a spot in the final.
“I knew, but they didn’t know,” Fay said. “I wanted to be sure we won it. We didn’t have to count on them.”
“Them” would be defending state champion Lafayette, which was playing on the other court. The Lancers had swept Park Hill South 25-16, 25-15 on Friday, and the teams will meet again for the title at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“At least we’ve seen them, and we saw that Ozark split with them,” Fay said. “Anything can happen in one game. They’re very talented, but somebody has to have the chance to take them down.”
The Panthers swept Marquette 25-20, 25-21 and Ozark 25-20, 25-23 to finish pool play with a 4-2 set record.St. Pius derailed
St. Pius got to decide its fate in its final game of Class 3 pool play.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, the decision went against them following a 25-19, 25-18 loss to Carl Junction.
A sweep would have sent St. Pius to the title game and a split would have resulted in a playoff. Instead the Warriors will play for third at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We started very strong the first game of the day,” St. Pius coach Krista Daniels said. “We came out with the win against Lutheran South. We got down on ourselves in game two, and I think we were still kind of stuck on that in this game.”
St. Pius opened play by defeating Lutheran South — the team it will face Saturday — 25-17, 25-20 before falling to St. Francis Borgia 25-18, 25-9.LS Christian falters
Lee’s Summit Christian Academy won just one set out of six in pool play at the Class 2 final four on Friday.
But the set it won was its final set of the day, and coach Mikki Shearer hopes that will boost her team entering Saturday’s third-place game at 9 a.m.
“They needed to know,” Shearer said. “They needed to know that they could win, that they could beat a team. We’ve done it all season long. We’ve beaten big schools all season long, and for whatever the reason — kind of deer-in-the-headlights.”
The Eagles lost to St. Pius (Festus) 25-18, 25-10 to start the day then fell to Hermann 25-22, 25-13 before splitting with Saturday’s opponent, Fair Grove 26-28, 25-20.