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With the exception of a few spots of sloppy play in the second game, the Bellmont volleyball team sparkled Thursday night in posting a three-game sweep of NHC foe Columbia City at the Teepee.
Bellmont easily notched game one with a 25-11 triumph as with the exception of an early 3-3 tie, the Squaws never trailed and polished off 14 kills to eliminate any chance the Eagles may have had at being competitive. The Squaws ran off five straight points early for a 12-4 edge and then late outscored Columbia City 7-2 to finish the tilt on a Sadie Alberson kill.
The Squaws seemed to have some trouble getting things synchronized in second round despite getting seven kills among their first 10 points. The Eagles rallied behind the play of Gabrielle Hazen and Kalisha Goree to go from trailing 11-8 to taking a 15-13 lead taking advantage of four Bellmont miscues, a block kill from Hazen and two Goree kills.
"We had a ton of atypical mistakes in the second game," noted Bellmont coach Craig Krull, adding "there were a lot of little things that we weren't getting done and that kept Columbia City in the game. When we finally tied it at 16 (on one of Janaya Wilder's numerous tip kills on the night), things seemed to get a little better."
Bellmont had trailed 16-14 but the Eagles sailed a serve attempt long and Wilder tipped a shot over the CC front blockers and in front of the back row. Bellmont then ripped off five more points in a row on two Eagle errors, a Holly Hankenson ace, a back row kill from Emily Roman, and yet another tip shot from Wilder.
Columbia City twice got to within four points during the rest of the second game but handed the final three points to Bellmont on hitting errors for a 25-18 BHS victory.
The third game was all Bellmont as they started off strong getting Holly Hankenson in the middle and Columbia City had no chance to stop a hard-hit kill.
"Holly went up so quick and hit it hard. It seemed like Columbia City wasn't ready for it," Krull said.
Natalie Busse dropped in two straight aces, the second of which went untouched to the floor for a 3-0 edge.