Kearney wins emotional first Megan Gross Memorial Tournament

The Kearney volleyball team poses with the Megan Gross Memorial championship plaque.

WARRENTON — In what Kearney volleyball coach Pete Smart described as an emotional awards ceremony, the Bulldogs graciously accepted the first Megan Gross Memorial trophy Saturday, Sept. 28, at Warrenton High School.

The mother of Megan Gross, a 2018 Warrenton volleyball player who was killed in an automobile accident, presented the first-place trophy to Kearney.

Smart said once Warrenton was knocked out of the tournament, Gross’ mother cheered for Kearney because her daughter’s favorite color was purple.

“Megan’s mom presented each of the Kearney players and coaches their medals and shared hugs with each of us,” Smart said. “It was an honor and privilege for each of us to take part in that ceremony and will be remembered and cherished by all of us.”

The Bulldogs (10-5-2) went 6-0 without dropping a set, ultimately beating Columbia Rock Bridge 2-0 (25-10, 25-19) in the championship match.

To get to the title match, Kearney beat Waynesville and Wright City in bracket play and Warrenton, St. James and St. Louis Christian in pool play.

Andi Kreiling led the Bulldogs’ attack with 46 kills on the day, averaging 7.5 per match. Mayson Behney dished out a team-high 88 assists and added 29 digs while Megan Smothers registered a team-high 30 digs and 10 aces. Andra Schreiber posted 10 blocks..

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