BHS volleyball downs Woodlan
WOODBURN— Like Bishop Dwenger a few nights before, the Woodlan Warriors never really got into a rhythm against the Bellmont Squaws who rolled to another 3-0 sweep Thursday night, 25-10, 25-15, 25-6.
Bellmont, now 2-0 on the year, took the lead at 3-2 in the first game on a kill from Saige Jauregui, then an ace from Erika MacDowell and never trailed in the match again.
“The first and third set we really took advantage and dictated the tempo,” noted coach Craig Krull.
Senior Janaya Wilder ripped off another of Bellmont’s 14 total aces in the match, then Amanda Hunter, Sadie Alberson (two) and Taylor Bebout all got in on the action for a 19-7 lead in the opening stanza.
Even freshman Audrey Blackmore stepped up her service game coming in with the big lead and delivering a diving ace through the Woodlan defense. A tip at the net from Jauregui, then an ace, appropriately, from Rachel Salerno ended the first set mercifully at 25-10.
The Squaws found their only speedbump in the match during the second set but both teams combined for 13 missed service attempts.
“In the second set we gave them half their points on missed serves,” said Krull. “That set the tone in not having our mental toughness and it let us down a little bit.”
Despite the hiccup, the Squaws jumped out 4-0 on two aces from Wilder and a kill from Alberson. Woodlan got as close at 6-3 but the Squaws would score the next three points on an Alberson kill that went straight to the deck followed by two aces from Hunter who led with four in the match.
The teams would trade five of six straight missed serves at one point in the middle but Bellmont’s lead at 14-9 would not be overcome. Bebout’s second ace at 21-14 was followed by a big block from Jauregui before Woodlan was called for a net violation ending the set at 25-15, the closest of the three stanzas.