SQUAWS ARE REGIONAL CHAMPS!!!
Three days after securing their 30th sectional title in school history, the Squaws continued their stellar season with a 13th regional crown at the Teepee on Tuesday night.
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In the much anticipated rematch with the Delta Lady Eagles, Bellmont avenged a loss from a Saturday tournament earlier this season and dismantled the visiting team in four sets 25-18, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21.
"The energy level from the crowd and our girls was amazing," noted Bellmont coach Craig Krull.
Delta was ranked #2 in class 3A in the final coaches poll last week with the Squaws just behind at the five spot. The packed house and electric atmosphere seemed to tip the scales to Bellmont's favor.
"Our control on the serve and receive was awesome," analyzed Krull. "Their (Delta) passing was a little off tonight and it allowed us to just drive the ball home on them."
After forfeiting the first two points of the night to the Eagles, Bellmont went on a 6-0 run orchestrated by the service game of Rachel Salerno and a few timely kills from Holly Hankenson who had a spectacular night striking the volleyball.
Holly's twin sister, Bailee Hankenson added an ace a few points later followed by a Holly ace for a 9-3 advantage. The Squaws would maintain the lead comfortably throughout the opening set leading 17-11 after a Janaya Wilder kill.
Two Delta points would pull the Eagles as close as they would get at 17-13 before Bellmont would go on a 4-0 run to pull away once again at 21-13. The first set was closed out by an Eagles miscue for the 1-0 lead.
The next set was similar at the start with Bellmont jumping out to a 6-3 lead. Liv Fuelling got in on the action with a big kill to make it 8-5 but Marissa Elam's smash a few points later kept the Eagles close at 10-8.
Bellmont looked to pull away when their largest lead of the set came at 18-13 after a pair of kills from Holly and Madalyn Mann but Delta jolted to life using a 11-3 run capped off by an Elam ace to lead 24-21. Holly would snatch two kills in a row after that but the Eagles would respond with a kill of their own to squeeze out the second set 25-23.