Squaws overcome deficit at Concordia; win in fifth set
PREPARING FOR THE BIG HITâ€”Bellmontâ€™s Janaya Wilder (left) and Madalyn Mann prepare for the serve receive at Concordia Lutheran Tuesday night. The Squaws won an exciting five-set match to improve to 4-0 on the season. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
FORT WAYNE—For the second time in their first four matches this season, Bellmont was pushed to their limits into a defining fifth set.
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Like the opener against Bishop Dwenger, however, the Squaws dug deep and pulled a win out of the hat shocking Concordia Lutheran on the road 28-26, 22-25, 25-20, 13-25, 7-15.
Despite being down two sets to one, coach Craig Krull and his Squaws were not leaving the raucous gym without a victory.
"I told the girls that they had to stay disciplined out there on the court because that's what I had to do on the sidelines," laughed the coach.
Krull received a yellow card early in the second set for excessive arguing after one of several questionable calls in the hostile gym.
"It took everything in me not to jump out of my seat a few more times after that but I knew that another card would put me out of the South Adams match on Thursday," coach Krull explained.
When the dust settled after an emotional first set, Bellmont simply made too many mistakes and lost their opportunity to take a one-set lead, 28-26. The Squaws actually led at 24-23 when a Concordia serve appeared to be well-long. A Bellmont player instinctively stuck a hand out to play the ball, then tried to pull back but it was too late and the ace tied the score at 24-24.
Bellmont would continue to fight and claw in the second set, a frame that featured six ties including the final at 22-22. After the timeout, the Squaws did not give up another point in the set capping off a mini 3-0 run with a Holly Hankenson kill that energized the BHS crowd.
The third set belonged to the Lady Cadets.
"We found ourselves caught in a rotation that we just could not get out of," analyzed coach Krull. "Sometimes that happens and we have to find a way to get out of those positions in big games like this."
Concordia was in a good position to attack with their three best hitters in the front row and a second-string Bellmont front line on the other end when the score was 11-8 in favor of the Cadets.