Squaws run the table on Lady Tigers
Bellmont's Holly Hankenson and Sarah Norder share block duties in a recent match. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
BLUFFTON— After the exciting battle over the weekend against Muncie Burris at the Warsaw Invitational, traveling to Bluffton to play a struggling Lady Tigers squad seemed like a breeze to the surging Squaws from Bellmont as they would go on to defeat Bluffton in three games, 25-2, 25-6, 25-12.
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It was a night for bench players to see the floor and a much deserved rest for the heavy hitters from Bellmont as Squaws stand-out senior Payton Schultz only played in one of the three games. Her replacement, fellow senior Melissa Mailand, filled in quite nicely at the net and finished with eight kills on 14 attempts, a solo block and three assisted blocks to lead the Squaws.
The sophomore Hankenson twins played for most of the match with Holly contributing six kills on nine attempts as well as five digs and two solo blocks. Bailee added four of eight on kill attempts to go along with two serving aces and nine digs.
Senior setter Steph Shoup had another brilliant night serving up kills on a platter for the Squaws as she ended up with 24 assists as well as a kill, an ace, a dig, and two block assists. The other seniors on the team put got their money's worth in their limited time as well. Erin Hunter had three serving aces and three digs, while libero Allison Gutierrez had a kill, three aces and six digs.
Freshman Janaya Wilder, sophomore Natalie Busse, and junior Sarah Norder were the beneficiaries of extended playing time thanks to the dominating 25-2 first game for the Squaws. Wilder posted five kills, four digs, a solo block, and an assisted block on the night. Norder had three kills and a solo block, while Busse contributed two digs and attempted four kills.
The JV contest was much the same story as the undefeated reserve Squaws dominated in straight sets, 25-3, 25-10 to improve to a stellar 17-0.
Sophomore Jordan Rumschlag led the way for Bellmont with six kills. Freshman set-up Squaw Madalyn Mann led the team with six assists on the night, while junior Carley Williams roasted the net with a team-high four aces in the match.
Putting in some JV time as well as varsity, Natalie Busse had three aces and two kills. Junior Autumn Konkle posted four assists and a kill, sophomore Emily Roman had two digs, Taylor Rhymer had three kills, Madison Glancy had four kills, and Olivia Fuelling rounded out the stats with a kill as well.
The Bellmont frosh squad started the night out on the right foot for the Squaws against the Lady Tigers' C-team with a straight set, 25-5, 25-1 victory.
Paving the way for the frosh was Amanda Hunter who had an impressive seven aces and five assists. Rachel Salerno also had seven aces as well as a kill and four digs.
Sadie Alberson had three kills and an ace, Kenzi Funk had two aces and a kill, Amy Hess, Mindy Loshe, and Dana Garcia each had a dig, and Ali Shaffer posted two digs and two kills.
Bellmont will be at home tonight to take on Norwell and Thursday will travel to Dekalb in a conference battle. The matches will once again start tonight at 5 p.m. with the frosh team on the main floor.