Squaws at full throttle
SHOUP SETS 'EM UP â€” Bellmont junior setter Steph Shoup prepares to set up middle hitter Madison Schultz (11) during play against Yorktown Saturday. BHS libero Chelsea Colclasure approaches. Bellmont plays in the state title game this Saturday at Ball State. (Deb Shannon Photo)
"There is a state of urgency because it could be the last game, and you'd better dive and get that ball because it could be the deciding point," stated Bellmont junior setter Steph Shoup, trying to explain the incredible statistical numbers from Bellmont's huge win over Yorktown in the match to go state Saturday night at Plymouth.
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Shoup had 45 assists and 13 digs, and there were 64 kills by a variety of Bellmont hitters.
To boot, junior defensive specialist Allison Gutierrez had 18 digs and senior libero Chelsea Colclasure had 21 digs.
"I think toward the end of the season we learned to work better together, to mesh together, and were more positive with each other, plus the confidence level is high," explained Shoup.
All of the Squaws seem to be responding to the call at the end of the year, and the result has been some great team volleyball, and individual efforts.
"I'm just getting more confident in myself and feeling better on the court,," explained Gutierrez.
"They're coming (at me) more and I have more confidence to go get the ball.
They come my way and I just happen to get them up, becuase ... I need to get 'em."
The key to the Squaws' uprising was Payton Schultz, who became fired up and delivered 16 kills in just 20 attempts.
"That's 80 percent," said an amazed coach Craig Krull. "And that's including her two errors."
"These are the types of games that just pump me up. It's fun. I'm nervous, but excited," explained Schultz on her emotional outburst and strong play that pulled the Squaws up and inspired her teammates.
"One person gets excited and it catches on and everyone else gets excited," she explained.
"All of us were coming up with plays, and we're coming together and working out everything out really well."
Can the Squaws do it one more time?
"Yes. We've just got to play as well as we did and keep playing together. I'm just excited for Saturday. I can't wait."
Hopefully, the Bellmont fans will be there Saturday at Ball State to root on the Squaws, who certainly deserve big support for their huge effort this year. Bellmont has won 18 straight matches and is 15-1 in games during the tournament.
"The chemistry seems to be there. Everyone is working well together," said Allison.
That is obvious!