Stuffed! Smith-Cotton outmatched in Warrensburg


By Alex Agueros - [email protected]



Jorey Luebbert, right, is blocked by two Warrensburg Lady Tigers during a 25-20, 25-16 Smith-Cotton road loss Thursday. Luebbert finished the match with six blocks of her own.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Kailee Mitchell leaps for an attack Thursday, Oct. 6, at Warrensburg High School during a two-set Smith-Cotton loss to the hosting Lady Tigers.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Elix Simon swings during a Thursday match at Warrensburg. Simon led Smith-Cotton with four kills, but the Lady Tigers would lose 25-20, 25-16.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

The first set looked promising.

Facing West Central Conference rival Warrensburg on the road, Smith-Cotton volleyball captured a 4-1 lead in set one Thursday, Oct. 6.

Smith-Cotton led 10-4 after Jorey Luebbert’s first kill of the match, and forced a Warrensburg timeout.

The home team returned with intensity Smith-Cotton head coach Chad Harter expected to begin the match, and ultimately swept the visiting Lady Tigers 25-20, 25-16.

“The first set, we started off really well,” Harter said. “It’s always a battle between our two schools, and it seems like the home team always has the advantage.”

Tuesday, Sept. 20, Smith-Cotton defeated Warrensburg in Sedalia 25-23, 25-22. Three S-C Lady Tigers led the team with three kills apiece.

Thursday, at home, Warrensburg returned the favor.

Jordan Wood’s ace in the first set gave Warrensburg its first lead, 18-17. Warrensburg continued a 3-0 run after Smith-Cotton’s second timeout.

Luebbert recorded a kill block to keep Smith-Cotton two points within Warrensburg. She led Smith-Cotton with six blocks.

Warrensburg began set two with a 4-0 run. A block from Luebbert and Elix Simon halted another Warrensburg run at 12-4 in the second set. It would not be enough to stop the bleeding. Harter called the second S-C timeout trailing 18-10.

Harter said Warrensburg’s crowd is a “great seventh man,” and that unforced errors plagued Smith-Cotton’s game.

“We were a little slow on the block tonight,” Harter said. “We had too many errors. From the standpoint of errors, I think it goes with mental lapses. If there’s anything that we need to look at, it’s how we eliminate those errors.”

Simon led Smith-Cotton with four kills and Tori Jacobi had a team-high seven assists.

Maxlin Wilbanks led Warrensburg with five kills, while Hannah Summitt, Carly Russell and Makenzy Mizera had four kills apiece.

Smith-Cotton hosts California at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, followed by senior night with Marshall on Tuesday.

Jorey Luebbert, right, is blocked by two Warrensburg Lady Tigers during a 25-20, 25-16 Smith-Cotton road loss Thursday. Luebbert finished the match with six blocks of her own.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC_9432.jpgJorey Luebbert, right, is blocked by two Warrensburg Lady Tigers during a 25-20, 25-16 Smith-Cotton road loss Thursday. Luebbert finished the match with six blocks of her own. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Kailee Mitchell leaps for an attack Thursday, Oct. 6, at Warrensburg High School during a two-set Smith-Cotton loss to the hosting Lady Tigers.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC_9373.jpgKailee Mitchell leaps for an attack Thursday, Oct. 6, at Warrensburg High School during a two-set Smith-Cotton loss to the hosting Lady Tigers. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Elix Simon swings during a Thursday match at Warrensburg. Simon led Smith-Cotton with four kills, but the Lady Tigers would lose 25-20, 25-16.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC_9421.jpgElix Simon swings during a Thursday match at Warrensburg. Simon led Smith-Cotton with four kills, but the Lady Tigers would lose 25-20, 25-16. Alex Agueros | Democrat

By Alex Agueros

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Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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