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Park Hill South battles tough Bronco Invitational field

Rachel Wingerson of Oak Park dives for the ball during the game against Raymore-Peculiar at the Bronco Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Lee's Summit North. Oak Park fell in first round of the consolation bracket.
Rachel Wingerson of Oak Park dives for the ball during the game against Raymore-Peculiar at the Bronco Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Lee's Summit North. Oak Park fell in first round of the consolation bracket. Special to the Star

With three final-four teams from last season’s state tournaments, the Bronco Volleyball Invitational at Lee’s Summit North on Saturday sported another elite field.

Park Hill South, which made it all the way to the Class 4 state quarterfinals last season, is no slouch either. But the Panthers had to face one of those teams twice and could only come out even. After beating Pleasant Hill in pool play, Park Hill South had its day end with a 25-17, 25-17 loss in the semifinals at Lee’s Summit North’s gym.

Park Hill South’s 25-17, 25-15 win over Pleasant Hill in pool play was the first loss of the season for the Chicks, who placed second in last year’s Class 3 state tournament. But the Panthers, 11-4-1, couldn’t handle Pleasant Hill’s tall outside hitters in the rematch. Pleasant Hill jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first set and pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the second.

Liberty tied St. Teresa’s Academy, a Class 4 semifinalist last season, on its way to reaching the winner’s bracket. The Blue Jays, 8-5-1, fell to Truman 25-20, 26-24 in the quarterfinals.

Oak Park, 8-9, went 1-3 in pool play and lost to Raymore-Peculiar 25-16, 25-19 in the consolation bracket first round. Liberty North, 3-13-1, was 0-3 in pool play and lost to Lee’s Summit North 25-14, 25-16 in the consolation bracket.

Ozark, which finished third in last year’s Class 4 tournament, beat Pleasant Hill 25-20, 26-24 in the championship match.

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