There are a lot of similarities between the two finalists in the class 3A state championship match Saturday evening at Ball State University's Worthern Arena.
Both Bellmont and Brebeuf bring excellent records to the plate with Brebeuf at 31-2 and Bellmont at 34-4. Ironically, of the few losses, both teams suffered defeats at the hands of Yorktown during the regular season. Bellmont repaid the Tigers with a 3-1 setback in the finals of the Plymouth semi-state last Saturday.
Tickets for Saturday’s IHSAA Volleyball State Championships slated for Ball State will be on sale at Bellmont High School starting on Wednesday, November 3, during school hours. Tickets will be $9.00 per person.
Tickets are required for those in kindergarten and above. The Bellmont Squaws will be playing in the third match of the afternoon with game-time scheduled for no sooner than 5:30 p.m. at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State.
"There is a state of urgency because it could be the last game, and you'd better dive and get that ball because it could be the deciding point," stated Bellmont junior setter Steph Shoup, trying to explain the incredible statistical numbers from Bellmont's huge win over Yorktown in the match to go state Saturday night at Plymouth.
Shoup had 45 assists and 13 digs, and there were 64 kills by a variety of Bellmont hitters.
PLYMOUTH — Down 23-19 in the second game after losing the first one, Bellmont, led by Payton Schultz, came alive, zoomed past a stunned Yorktown team with six straight points to tie the match, then won the next two for the 2010 Plymouth Semistate championship and a spot in next Saturday's 3A State Championship match set for Ball State.
Pairings for the 39th annual IHSAA state finals in volleyball were established Saturday during semi-state play highlighted by the fourth appearance in school history for the Bellmont Squaws
The new format of the tournament has eight teams entering play at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie with four classes set to crown a champion. Worthen Arena has been home to the IHSAA state finals for the last three years with Bellmont winning a 3A championship in the initial year there in 2007.
If Bellmont is going to take out NorthWood Saturday in the first round of the Plymouth Volleyball Semistate, they're going to have to get a handle on Panthers' setter Kaci Heeter, who has to be one of the busiest volleyball players in the state.
"We have to be aware of Heeter. She's a crafty kid who runs the offense and scores points for them," noted Bellmont coach Craig Krull.
As the 2010 volleyball season winds down, Bellmont is definitely turning on the juice, and the inspired play on Tuesday against Western was proof of that.
"It's the last chance for six seniors and another year is passing for the underclassmen. When the end is near, things seem to get more important and the best comes out of players," explains Bellmont's Craig Krull, who will take his girls to Plymouth Saturday in the renewel of the volleyball semistate.
Jason Arnold's South Adams football squad has risen from the ashes of an 0-5 start to reclaim their season and can actually go over the .500 mark this week as the 5-5 Starfires face John Diener's 5-5 Northfield Norsemen in the Secitonal 35 semi-finals at Starfire Field.
Bellmont, which dominated the NHC for the fifth straight year, did not exactly dominate the All-NHC squad, putting three players on the first team and two on the second team. The squad was evidently announced to the Journal-Gazette yesterday. The Daily Democrat received a fax this morning from New Haven High School.
Coaches were allowed to nominate five players.
An inspired Bellmont volleyball squad answered the challenge of a game Western team to close out the first two games, then put away the Panthers with dominating power in the third game, 25-9, to earn the 12th regional championship for BHS Tuesday in front of the largest crowd of the season at the Teepee.