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  • ROUNDUP: Pittsburg State volleyball signs four athletes

  • Pittsburg State head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu announced the signing of high school seniors Maggie Highberger (Overland Park), Molly Hothan (Ozawkie), Hope Joyner (Carl Junction, Mo.), Madison Mosier (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Ashlen Schwartz (Eureka) on Friday.

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  • Pittsburg State head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu announced the signing of high school seniors Maggie Highberger (Overland Park), Molly Hothan (Ozawkie), Hope Joyner (Carl Junction, Mo.), Madison Mosier (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Ashlen Schwartz (Eureka) on Friday.
    “Madi, Maggie, Hope and Molly are heavy hitters and dynamic attackers with tremendous pace on the ball,” Suberu said in a media release. “Madi and Maggie are two of the top graduating point scorers out of the Kansas City metro, Hope is the most physical attacker in the Southern Missouri area and Molly is a top hitter in the Jefferson County area. Their successes on the court have been noticeable in all levels from high school to USA Volleyball Juniors club competition. Both Madi and Maggie have competed at the highest levels of Junior National Tournaments with Madi earning All-America honors as a 15-and-under in 2010 and as a 16-and-under in 2011.
    “Ashlen’s signing gives us a skilled, confident libero who is a primary passer with tremendous quickness to run down a variety of attacked balls. She enjoys being a dominant passer and a defensive stopper and has great command of the libero responsibility with years of training and competing in high school and club.
    “Going into this recruiting calendar, we focused on ball control. Student-athletes who are hard hitters that can move the ball with decisiveness. We needed power hitters in our offense as we move forward in a tough MIAA, as well as primary passers that can command the back court with their first touch. All five new team members fill this role for our team.
    “All five new team members are competitors who know how to win from training and developing in traditionally winning programs that compete for championships. They are exceptional people and well-grounded students who will fit well into our high academic-achieving program.”
    The Gorillas featured several true freshmen in 2012, including leading attacker Crystal Whitten, and their 17-13 record gave Pitt State its first season above .500 since 2009. Pitt State ended its season on a five-match winning streak and narrowly missed qualifying for the conference tournament.
    College volleyball
    The Kangaroos of UMKC had their season end Friday night at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse in Fargo, N.D.
    Top seed IUPUI defeated UMKC 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) in the Summit League Championship semifinals, giving UMKC a final season record of 17-13.
    Pittsburg High School graduate and UMKC true freshman Skyler Muff finished the final match with five kills and two blocks. She began the match with a first set of three kills and no errors in five attacks (.600 hitting percentage) but ended hitting .056.
    Muff’s first college season (UMKC rank): 30 matches played (tied for first), 29 starts (tied for first), 226 kills (third), 41 digs (eighth) and 77 blocks (second). She made the all-tournament teams of the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic (Laramie, Wyo.) and the Runnin’ Bulldog Classic (Boiling Springs, N.C).
    Page 2 of 3 - Only three UMKC teams have reached 15 wins in school history.
    Middle School/Junior High Basketball
    The Pittsburg Community Middle School eighth grade girls improved to 8-0 overall this season after wins over Columbus (Tuesday) and Independence (Thursday) this week.
    During a 31-19 win over Columbus, Taylor Muff led PCMS with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Logan Lord had eight points and five assists, Jayden Hammond four points, six rebounds and four steals, and Daeshia Thomas six rebounds.
    Muff led Pittsburg with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 22-16 win over Independence. Lord added six points and three assists; Hammond scored four points.
    The 8B team defeated both Columbus and Independence, 28-2 and 26-5. Thomas led PCMS with six points against Columbus and Kelsey Fuchs had a team-high 10 against Independence.
    The seventh-graders end the week 6-2 after a 31-13 win over Columbus and a 32-23 loss to Independence. Abbie Casper scored 10 points and Madison Vogel added eight points, four assists, six steals and five rebounds against Columbus. Kyia McWilliams scored 12 points against Independence and had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
    The PCMS 7B team lost both games to Columbus and Independence.
    The St. Mary’s Junior High boys opened play Thursday night with a pair of wins over Columbus.
    St. Mary’s won the eighth grade contest 40-18 with 14 points by Alex Brown and 12 by Josh Hayes. Isiah Fulcher led Columbus with eight. The Panthers routed Columbus in the seventh grade tilt 41-12. Bryce Hutchins and Bradley Beykirch each led St. Mary’s with 13 points and Sam Eddington netted six for Columbus in a losing effort.
    The St. Mary’s girls split with Columbus on Thursday, winning two and losing two. Columbus won the 8A game 31-15 and Hayden Gardner and Emily Paterni both scored four in the losing effort. The St. Mary’s 8B team won 24-7 behind eight points by Gabby VanBecelaere and six by Katie Compton. St. Mary’s won the 7A game 13-11, as Marcie VanBecelaere and Kelsey Curran each scored four.
    Columbus won the 7B contest 19-17 and Rebecca Spears paced St. Mary’s with nine points.
    The Girard girls split four games with Galena on Thursday, winning both A games and losing both B games. Olivia Hanson led Girard 8A with 16 points and Kaylea Augustin added eight in a 31-6 win. Jacey Murphy paced Girard with 15 points and Shelby Smith added eight as Girard 7A won 31-24. Galena won the 8B game 10-6 and the 7B game 12-6.
    The Frontenac boys won three of four games from Southeast on Thursday.
    Ryan Long and Evan Powell combined for 19 points (Long 11, Powell 8) to lead Frontenac to a 38-10 win in the 8A game. Frontenac won the 8B game 34-14. Daniel Watts and Tevaris Young scored 10 points apiece during a 34-15 Frontenac win in the 7A game. Southeast won the 7B game 15-9.
    Page 3 of 3 - The Northeast girls swept Uniontown on Friday night. The Vikings won the A game in convincing fashion behind three girls scoring in double figures: Kelsea Choate 15 points, Haley Robinson 14 and Autumn Walker 11. Northeast won the B game 11-9.

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