Barons can’t stop Bellmont’s attack
Madison Schultz drilled in 13 of her 17 kill attempts while Alex Fuelling befuddled the DeKalb defense with eight serving aces along with nine kills and the result was an easy three-game sweep for the Bellmont Squaws Thursday night over the Barons.
The NHC victory for Bellmont, their fifth of the year against no setbacks, puts the fourth-ranked Squaws (class 3A) with a 22-4 record this year. The final score in the match with DeKalb saw the Squaws post easy 25-9, 25-7 wins in the first two rounds before allowing the Barons to get into double figures in the third game in a 25-17 BHS win.
Steph Shoup delivered 27 assists on offense and spread the ball around with eight different Bellmont players getting kills. Payton Schultz nailed five of her eight attempts while Emily Pierce had four kills, Jess Sweney, Gabbie Weaver, and Holly Hankenson all finished with two, and Shoup and Bailee Hankenson each had one.
The Squaws dropped 14 aces in all on the Barons' side of the floor. After Fuelling's effort, Pierce had three, Weaver had a pair, and Chelsea Colclasure notched one. Defensively for Bellmont, both Madison Schultz and Shoup had four assisted blocks while Fuelling and Sweney each had one. As usual, Colclasure led the BHS defense with eight digs while Pierce had six, Fuelling five, both Allison Gutierrez and Madison Schultz had three, Erin Hunter had two, and Payton Schultz, Sweney, and Shoup had one.
DeKalb forced a three-game match in the junior varsity competition with Bellmont as the Barons won game one 25-23 before Bellmont rallied to win the next two games 25-21, 15-8.
Hailee Hormann topped the Squaws in digs and kills with 20 and eight respectively while Natalie Busse finished with 13 digs and five kills. Autumn Konkle had eight assists and five digs, Devon Schultz had seven digs and two aces, Shelby Kiess had 12 assists, three digs and two kills, Madie Stoppenhagen had four kills, three blocked shots and two digs, Carley Williams had seven digs, Audrey Schultz had four kills, and Emily Roman had nine digs.
The BHS freshman now stand at 11-0 following a 25-17, 25-19 win over DeKalb. Jordan Gilbert had five assists, three digs and two kills, Jordan Rumschlag had three kills and two digs, Madison Cook had five digs, Olivia Fuelling had six digs and four kills, Taylor Rhymer had four digs, two aces and a team-high five kills. Miranda Voglewede had six digs, Emily Smith had four digs, Jessah Okoniewski had three digs, and Hayley Swaidner had two assists.