Squaws handle Jay in three games
Bellmont's Holly Hankenson passes to the setter, while her twin, Bailee, and Payton Schultz await the kill. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Bellmont came, saw, and conquered in three straight games against Jay County Thursday night to increase its season record to 25-5.
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The Squaws polished off the Patriots by scores of 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 to accomplish the win and did so behind double kill nights from Payton Schultz and Holly Hankenson as the senior-sophomore combo had 15 and 10 kills respectively.
The BHS defense picked up 68 digs on the night led by libero Allison Gutierrez with 22 while Holly and Bailee Hankenson were also in double figures with 15 and 13. Janaya Wilder topped the Bellmont blockers with solo rejections while Bailee Hankenson had one solo and two blocks and Melissa Mailand assisted on two blocks.
Nine aces were recorded by Squaw servers led by Erin Hunter's four and Bailee Hankenson's two. As usual, the offense was directed by senior Steph Shoup who handed out 32 of the 36 assists recorded by the Squaws.
Bailee Hankenson and Wilder picked up eight and five kills respectively while Shoup had five kills, Hunter had four digs and Schultz and Wilder each had three saves. Sarah Norder registered a pair of digs and a kill.
Jay County dropped to 16-13 on the season with the setback.
In the junior varsity contest, Bellmont hiked its record to an impressive 26-1 with 25-14, 25-13 sweeps of Jay County.
Madalyn Mann scored eight kills and two aces while garnering five assists to top the Squaws. Autumn added eight assists, a pair of kills and one dig, Natalie Busse had two aces and digs and a kill, Carley Williams and Emily Roman both had three digs and one assist, Olivia Fuelling had three kills, Taylor Rhymer drilled home three kills and had one ace, dig and assist, Jessah Okoniewski had one dig, Audrey Schultz finished with a kill, and Devon Schultz had one assist.
No freshman match was played since Jay County does not have a frosh team.
Bellmont returns to action for its final games of the season on Saturday as they host the Bellmont Quad. They'll open play at 10 a.m. against Wes-Del, the number two ranked team in class 1A and then will play Wapahani, the number two team in class 2A at around 3 p.m. In between those times, Adams Central will play matches back-to-back against Wes-Del and Wapahani. The Squaws are currently ranked third in the statewide class 3A standings.
Volleyball sectionals will be played involving all three county schools next week. Bellmont is in the bye game against Heritage on Saturday, October 22 (second game of the day). AC and South Adams will both play Thursday, October 20 at the Stardome in Berne with the Jets opening at 6 p.m. against Bluffton and the nightcap will feature South Adams and Churubusco. The winner of those two games will square off in the opening game on Saturday at 11 a.m.