Posted On: 08/26/21 8:31 PM

We are excited for the high school season to kick off this weekend in Kansas and Missouri with the annual volleyball slam taking place at St. James Academy. After a year off, everyone is excited to get this party started again in 2021. There are many intriguing matchups, including some cross-border battles. Many of the top players from previous years are off to college, but there will be tons of top talent in the gym for this event. 

Shawnee Mission East vs Gardner Edgerton

Both of these teams lost major weapons in Sarah Bingham Sarah Bingham 6'3" | MB Shawnee Mission East | 2021 State KS (Illinois) for East and Kendra Wait Kendra Wait 5'10" | S Gardner Edgerton | 2021 State KS (Creighton) for Gardner Edgerton.  The next Bingham in line, Rachel along with fellow junior Zoe McDonald Zoe McDonald OH Shawnee Mission East | 2024 KS will look to fill the offensive void. Senior Ella Bunde Ella Bunde 5'6" | DS/L Shawnee Mission East | 2022 State KS is back to anchor the defense. Senior Jaylyne Bell Jaylyne Bell 6'1" | MB Gardner Edgerton | 2022 State KS and her 275 kills from last season return for Gardner. Also, look for junior Gracen Mealman Gracen Mealman 5'9" | OH Gardner Edgerton | 2022 State KS to contribute at the net. 

Prediction: Gardner Edgerton

Mill Valley vs Blue Valley

This should be a good early-season test for both teams as they look to find their identity in 2021. Mill Valley returns the arms

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