Bellmont continues roll, sweeps East Noble
Chelsea Bollenbacher of South Adams deflects the ball from an outstretched defender. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
East Noble was the first to serve last night, but that was all they beat the Squaws to accomplish. The Squaws won the three game set with ease enroute to their third 3-0 sweep in their last three matches.
In game one, Bellmont opened strong and set the tone for the match. The Squaws beat the Lady Knights in the kill category 9-4. Senior middle-hitter Payton Schultz had three kills, sophomore outside hitter Holly Hankenson had four kills, senior setter Steph Shoup had one kill, and senior Erin Hunter had a kill of her own. They also edged East Noble 4-2 in blocks. The Hankenson sisters, Schultz, and Melissa Mailand each had one block. Steph Shoup also had two service aces along with Hunter's single service ace. The Squaws went on to win this game, 25-11.
In the second game, the Squaws looked to ride the momentum from the first game. Bellmont won the kills again, 11-7. Schultz led the Squaws with five kills, Bailee Hankenson had three kills of her own, Holly Hankenson had two kills, and junior Sarah Norder contributed with one kill. The Lady Knights beat the Squaws 2-1 in blocks as Bailee Hankenson posted Bellmont's lone block. The Squaws won the ace category in game two by a 3-1 margin. Hunter served up two aces along with a lone ace by Allison Gutierrez. Bellmont won this game, 25-16.
In the night's final stanza, the Squaws helped their cause by winning the kill category again by the commanding tally of 14-5. Schultz led Bellmont again with eight kills of her own, while the trio of Bailee Hankenson, Holly Hankenson, and freshman Janaya Wilder contributed three kills a piece. The Lady Knights again beat the Squaws in blocks by a mark of 2-1. Schultz contributed the lone Bellmont block. Bellmont again took advantage of the ace as they served two aces in comparison with the 1 of East Noble. Shoup and Hunter had an ace apiece. Bellmont closed out the 3-game set with a 25-16 victory.
The sweep improved Bellmont's record to 14-4 and their conference record to a perfect 2-0. The Squaws will take on the Carroll Chargers in a pivotal Thursday night NHC matchup at the Teepee.
South Adams falls to Leo
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BERNE—South Adams won a close second game by a 25-23 count over ACAC rival Leo Tuesday night at the Stardome but the Lions took games one, three and four by tallies of 25-10, 25-17, 25-12 to take the conference match.
For the Starfires, Alyssa Bluhm delivered 16 digs, 14 kills, and 10 assists for a triple double while Lauren Smith had 24 saves and Lily Taing registered 19 assists, seven digs and four kills.
Garrett relied on seniors Jordyn Knott and Katie DePew with Knott getting 19 kills, 10 digs, and six solo blocks while DePew dished out 33 assists, two aces, and 14 digs. Garrett had six different players in the game in double figures in digs.
South Adams started with a 25-24 win in the junior varsity match but Garrett came back to score a 25-15, 15-7 triumph in the next two rounds for the win.
Mackenzie Jennings scored two aces, 11 digs, and seven assists for South Adams, Jody Potts drilled in six kills, and Hannah Taing had 10 digs.