The first game gave no indication that the match would go to three sets between Lee’s Summit and neighboring rivals Lee’s Summit West Sept. 18.
The Titans blew past the Tigers 25-7, but Lee’s Summit fought back to win the second set 27-25 before Lee’s Summit West took the third 25-20.
“I think that we were great at times, especially in the first game,” Lee’s Summit West junior outside hitter Kailin Cordes said. “But the second and the third games, we didn’t come together as a team and we didn’t pass near as well. We have some work to do.”
After the Titans won the first set 25-7, the second game stayed close throughout. With the score tied at 23-23, the Titans got a point from a kill by junior outside hitter Carlisa May. The Tigers responded with a tip from junior middle hitter Hailey Criswell and then a kill from junior outside hitter Emma Lock to take a 25-24 lead.
But lee’s Summit West tied things up again with another kill by May. The Tigers had the final say with two kills in a row from Lock to win 27-25.
“It’s more intense,” May said of the close game. “It is more fun, because you get more of an adrenaline rush. Every game is fun, wining is fun, but playing hard is fun too. And that’s what we did.”
In the third game, with the score tied at 8-8, the Titans started to build an advantage with a block by senior middle hitter Nicole Fantauzzi and an error on the Tigers. Cordes got a kill, but her next attach went out of bounds to make the score 11-9.
Later in the game, with the score at 22-18 in Lee’s Summit West’s favor, junior libero Brooke Renshaw served the ball out of bounds for the Titans. But Cordes followed with a kill to gain a point back. Then Lee’s Summit sophomore outside hitter Cassidi Sterrett got a kill to make the score 23-20.
The Titans followed with a kill by May and Sterrett’s next attack went out of bounds to end the game.
“I think our passing let us down a little bit,” May said. “I think by the third game, we kind of got it back together. It turned out how we wanted it to.”