In two close matches, Lee’s Summit North came out with a 25-23 and 25-13 victory over Lee’s Summit Sept. 5 at Lee’s Summit North.
“I think we did really well,” Lee’s Summit North senior middle hitter Sarah Demmer said. “We worked together as a team. Our passing improved a lot and I think we are putting it all together.”
In the first game, the score remained close until the Broncos finally took a 20-17 lead. And with a kill by Lee’s Summit junior outside hitter Emma Lock followed by an out of bounds serve from senior outside hitter Megan Iversen, the Broncos sill led 21-18.
Then Lee’s Summit North senior defensive specialist Abby Fossey served the ball out of bounds, followed by an error from the Broncos and an out of bounds kill by sophomore outside hitter Anna Demmer, the score tied at 21-21.
Lee’s Summit North freshman setter Alex Haffner picked up a block and Anna Demmer served an ace to make the score 23-21. But Lee’s Summit responded with a kill by Lock and Bronco sophomore outside hitter Tory Richardson made an error on a kill to knot the score at 23-23.
The next kill from the Tigers hit the net and Lee’s Summit made another error with two hits by one player to give the Broncos a 25-23 win.
The next game was a different story however as the Broncos took off to a 15-7 lead. Lee’s Summit picked up two points, but Anna Demmer made a kill, the Tigers had an error and Sarah Demmer made a block to give the Broncos a 18-9 advantage.
With Lee’s Summit North ahead 20-10, Richardson made two kills ina row, followed by a tip from Sarah Demmer to put the Broncos up 23-10. Anna Demmer’s serve hit the net, and Sarah Demmer hit a kill out of bounds, but Tiger sophomore outside hitter hit a kill out of bounds to make the score 24-12.
After a tip from Iversen, the Tigers made an error on the last point to give the Broncos the victory.
“I think it was our passing,” Sarah Demmer said. “We kept the momentum on our side of the court and I think that really pushed us through the game.”
The victory, especially against a Suburban Big Six conference rival, gave the Broncos some confidence after a tough 17-25, 27-25 and 14-25 loss to Liberty earlier in the week.
“That feels amazing,” Sarah Demmer said. “I really wanted this yesterday after our Liberty game. We all really wanted it so it was awesome.”