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No. 1 Bellmont bounced back from a tough loss at Concordia on Tuesday to take out South Adams 25-8, 25-14 and 25-5, Thursday night at the Teepee.
Except for a streak in the second game when South Adams seemed to find all the creases, breaking out to a 10-7 lead, it was all Bellmont in the intra-county showdown.
Erin Hunter's missile-like jump-serves turned the tide in that second game as she rattled off four of her nine aces in one service run. Her fluttering, floor-seeking shots were too much for the Lady Stars to handle. She fired in three more aces as Bellmont started off 5-0 in the third game.
The win put Bellmont at 4-1 on the season going into Saturday's 10 a.m. rematch with No. 5 Concordia at the Yorktown Invitational. Bellmont lost in five games to Concordia Tuesday.
"I was mostly interested in seeing how we would play after Tuesday's loss," noted BHS coach Craig Krull.
"I thought our overall intensity was great (no let downs), we played relaxed and dominated all aspects of the match. Our serving was very tough and it allowed us to control what South Adams did."
Senior Payton Schultz had a big night at the net, stroking in 12 kills in just 17 attempts to pace Bellmont. She also fired in four aces and had two blocks.
Holly Hankenson dumped in five kills in 11 tries with seven digs, a block and two assists. Three Bellmonters all had three kills: Bailee Hankenson, Janaya Wilder and Steph Shoup.
Bailee led BHS with 15 assists, adding a pair of aces and three digs. Wilder added a dig and a block, while Shoup had nine assists, an ace and two digs.
Allison Gutierrez also had a strong service with three aces to go with eight digs. Sarah Norder had a kill.
Cady Farlow led the Stars with five kills, a block and seven digs. Chelsea Bollenbacher recorded two aces with two kills and three blocks.
"South Adams played well, too. They had some athletes that attacked the ball and kept us aware on defense. Payton had a good night in the middle and Erin's serve was on," offered Krull.
South Adams slipped to 3-5 with the loss.
Bellmont will know much more about their station in Indiana girls volleyball after this weekend. Also in the field at Yorktown (rated No. 4), are Chatard (No. 9), and Roncalli, which is rated No. 8 in 4A.
"This weekend I am looking to see what improvements we made from Tuesday. The competition will be at a high quality and I want to see how my kids respond to the challenge from good competition," said coach Krull.
"We had many opportunities to win against Concordia last Tuesday but we did not make the plays. It will be interesting to see if we have grown up the past four days."