Squaws breeze through sectional; Delta looming tomorrow
MAKE IT NINE STRAIGHTâ€”The Squaws have made winning volleyball sectionals seem nonchalant in the last decade after topping their ninth crown in as many years on Saturday with wins over Norwell and Mississinewa at Heritage. (Photo by Cassandra Lehman)
MONROEVILLE— Bellmont nailed down their ninth straight sectional and 30th overall in school history on Saturday with a pair of easy victories at Heritage.
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The win sets up a rematch with one of just five teams to hand the Squaws a loss this season. In a regional match tomorrow Bellmont will face off against Delta (30-4) at the Teepee.
As for Saturday, the most exciting part of the day was spotting the different Bellmont students who showed up in halloween outfits. The Squaws downed NHC rival Norwell in the semi-final game 25-8, 25-7, 25-11, then played in the championship final later in the day against Mississinewa winning 25-12, 25-15, 25-17.
In the championship, the Squaws did battle with the Indians who won the bye game against Heritage for a one-win trip to the finals. Like Norwell earlier in the day, however, Bellmont established the pace of the match early.
"We knew what we were doing against Norwell but Mississinewa was kind of an unknown," Bellmont coach Craig Krull analyzed afterwards. "They had two sisters who we figured out early were their go-two players. You could tell by the end that there were a few players that did not want to be out there very much and we just kept going after them."
Katie and Kristi Elson posed the biggest offensive threat for the Indians, particularly the senior sister, Katie who had five kills in the first set alone.
"I knew that Katie was their best player and she got her swings in but we adjusted nicely," noted Krull. "We told the girls to serve at her and try to hit to her and wear her down throughout the match and it seemed to work nicely for us."
The tactic worked early and often for Bellmont who found themselves tied at 3-3 early in set one but eventually took a 7-6 lead on a Liv Fuelling blast. The Squaws would push eight straight points across the board to balloon out to a 14-6 lead that could not be overcome by Mississinewa.