#1 Cadets recover to down Squaws in four
DOWN THE LINE IS JUST FINEâ€” Bellmont outside hitter Janaya Wilder strokes a kill along the sidelines against Adams Central Saturday night. The senior led the Bellmont attack against #1-ranked Concordia Tuesday night with 17 kills. (Photo by Paul Yoder)
Concordia Lutheran backed up their number one ranking in class 3A on Tuesday night besting the fifth-ranked Bellmont Squaws in four sets at the Teepee 25-23, 23-25, 18-25, 12-25.
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The Squaws took the electric first set despite trailing 20-16 at one point ending on a 9-3 run to take their only set of the match. Neither team led by more than four points in the first two sets at any time and in the first, the Squaws built a 9-7 lead taking four of their points off of Cadet miscues.
Concordia would retake the lead, however, on an ace from Audrey Kruse followed by three straight kills from future Wisconsin product Tionna Williams to make it 12-9.
Sadie Alberson would trade big kills with Williams the next two points and the teams would go back and forth until the Cadets earned three straight for an 18-15 lead. Janaya Wilder's kill down the line cut it to two but Abbie Oetting's block at the net pushed the advantage to four points at 20-16 and it seemed the Cadets would take the momentum.
Two errors later, Alberson struck again with a pair of points, then Erika MacDowell blasted an overpass to the ground and the Cadets coughed up another unforced error making it 22-21 visitors. Wilder came through with two timely kills in a row and the lead flipped to the Squaws' favor for a 24-23 score. An error on the service ended the game in favor of Bellmont much to the delight of the packed gym full of Squaws' faithful.
In the second set, the Squaws fell behind 0-3 to begin the stanza but a Rachel Salerno ace was followed by an Alberson kill to tie the game at 3-3. Williams would shoot an ace a few plays later and then a kill to make it 10-6. The Squaws would play catch up for the next few points using another Salerno ace and an Alberson block of Williams igniting the crowd and tying the set at 12-12.
Taylor Bebout salvaged a sloppy pass turning it into a kill, then Amanda Hunter added an ace to give the Squaws the lead temporarily at 14-13. From that point, neither team led by more than one point until an unforced error by Bellmont made it 23-21 Concordia.........