The 25-18 and 25-15 win over Lee’s Summit North Oct. 23 meant two things to Lee’s Summit West.
First, it gave the Titans confidence starting district play next week. And second, the victory came in the sixth annual Dig for the Cure match, an event that raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
“It was awesome,” Lee’s Summit West sophomore middle hitter Elle Sandbothe said. “This was my second year (in the event) and it’s probably the best we have had as far as people coming.”
The event started with the junior varsity match, which the Titans also won, and followed with a performance by the Westside Girls, the Lee’s Summit West dance team. There were also two guest speakers, Kaitlin Sandeno, an Olympic gold medal swimmer and representative from NEGU.org, (Never Ever Give Up), an organization that focuses on kids with cancer, and Cindy Bateman, a breast cancer survivor and former principal at Lee’s Summit West.
Several breast cancer survivors were also recognized and a moment of silence was held for those that lost their battle.
The pinked out crowd was fired up for the start of the varsity match.
It was close in the beginning of the first game, with the Titans ahead 11-10. Then Sandbothe earned a kill, followed by one from junior outside hitter Carlisa May and an ace from junior outside hitter Lydia Hunter to put Lee’s Summit West ahead 14-10.
“We started off a little rough, but we slowly got into a groove and we played much better at the end,” Lee’s Summit West senior setter Bailey Katzfey said.
Later in the game, with the Titans ahead 22-17, the Broncos came back with a kill by senior middle hitter Emma Fristoe, but a serving error results in a point for the Titans. Sandbothe got a block, followed by another ace from Hunter to end the game.
In the second game, Lee’s Summit West started out stronger, building to a quick 14-7 advantage. With an error on the Broncos and a kill from Titan senior outside hitter Nicole Fantauzzi, Lee’s Summit West led 16-7. After a Titan kill error, Sandbothe and Lee’s Summit North sophomore outside hitter Tory Richardson traded kills until the Titans led 19-11.
With Lee’s Summit West ahead 21-14, May got a kill and two blocks, plus a kill from Fantauzzi to clinch the win for the Titans.
“I think it really gives us momentum going into districts which start next week,” Katzfey said. “It was really important to end with a win for our regular season.”
Lee’s Summit West, 16-7, is the No. 1 seed in the Class 4, District 13 tournament at Raymore-Peculiar. The Titans have a bye in the first round and will take on either No. 4 Lee’s Summit or No. 5 Belton in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29.
“I think we are ready,” Sandbothe said.
Lee’s Summit North, 10-12, is seeded No. 2 in the Class 4, District 14 tournament held at Blue Springs South. The Broncos will face No. 7 Warrensburg in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28.