Squaws blast North Side in sweep
Bellmont setter Madalyn Mann (left) sets up Audrey Schultz with a bump at the net. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Bellmont moved its record to 11-2 for the season in varsity volleyball Tuesday night after delivering a three-win win over non-conference foe Fort Wayne North Side at the Teepee.
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The Squaws steamrolled their way to a 25-9 triumph in the first game that started with a 1-0 BHS lead before the first serve of the game when North Side was called for an illegal alignment. After a sluggish start in round two, Bellmont came on to easily take a 25-13 verdict from the Redskins, but the third game was anything but in the bag for the Squaws.
North Side jumped out to a 3-0 lead and lead by four at 12-8 before the Squaws started to whittle the deficit down. Madalyn Mann hammered down two consecutive kills for only the second BHS lead of the game at 16-15. There were 12 ties in the game but the Hankenson twins, Holly and Bailey, recorded kills around a North Side time out for a 23-21 lead.
North Side senior Jayla Lewis, who led the Redskins on the night with eight kills, found two in a row to knot the game up for a final time. Officials ruled a North Side was in the net on the next play setting up match point and that was quickly decided as Bailey Hankenson delivered a left-handed flip with her back to the net to the North Side side of the floor to conclude the evening festivities.
Bellmont coach Craig Krull wasn't particularly pleased with the effort given by the Squaws Tuesday noting "I don't know why it is but the girls seem to play down to the level of their opponents" and that the mental level was not where it needed to be. He agreed the six-year NHC consecutive win streak of 48 could be tested if the Squaws continue to play like they did in game three.
"I suppose you could say they played all right but they could have played better," remarked Krull.
In the first game, Bellmont led the entire way except for an early 2-2 tie. They ran off six straight points at one time to claim a 13-4 edge. Sadie Alberson had two late kills in a row to put Bellmont up 22-7 but the final five points of the match (3-2 in Bellmont's favor) were all recorded on miscues and not kills.
Taylor Rhymer tied the second game at 3-3 with an ace and Bellmont then took the lead for good on a North Side net foul. Rhymer finished the game with three aces and three kills prompting Krull to note "Taylor came in ready to play. She knows when she gets her chance that she has to be ready and she played a strong second game."