Squaws sharp in pair of wins
SCHULTZ TIPS â€” Bellmont senior middle hitter Madison Schultz (11) tips the ball over the net in the match last Thursday with Jay County. Schultz had 14 kills to lead the Squaws over Wes-Del Saturday. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
Bellmont held off a solid Wapahani squad, winning 25-23 in the first game, then taking the next two, 25-17, 25-20, to complete a 29-4 regular season.
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The Squaws also downed Wes-Del in three (23, 17, 20) in the earlier match Saturday. Adams Central fell to both Wes-Del and Wapahani in the other two matches at the Bellmont Quad.
"Wes-Del was undersized, but definitely did a nice job against us," stated BHS coach Craig Krull.
"(Setter) Steph Shoup did a nice job of distributing the ball and we were very successful in our offensive game. Everyone who attempts a kill was successful and we maintained our level of focus during the entire match. Our well-rounded stats show our depth and experience levels, and that will be beneficial as we approach the tourney."
Krull liked the Waphani match because it showed where Bellmont was as far as competition. Wapahani is No. 3 in 2A.
"We knew that we were going to have to stay focused and not get frustrated if the offense didn't produce right away," said Krull.
Bellmont had the lead most of the way until the first game was tied at 21. The teams exchanged points and finally Bellmont scored the last two for the win.
Bellmont jumped out in game two and Wapahani could not get too close.
Bellmont trailed in game three, but scrappy defense kept them in the game.
Fuelling had 12 kills and Madison Schultz 9 while Emily Perice fired in 10 kills for Bellmont against Wes-Del.Payton Schultz added 6 and Holly Hankenson six. Colclasure had 10 digs and Shoup 30 assists. Jess Sweney had a kill and Erin Hunter 3 digs.
Against Wes-Del, middle hitter Madison Schultz continued her hot hand with 14 kills and five blocks while Alex Fuelling had 12 kills, 15 digs and three blocks for Bellmont. Emily Pierce had 7 kills and 7 digs while Payton Schultz had 3 kills, a solo block and five block assists, adding 4 digs and an ace.
Shoup put up 30 assists with 6 digs, a kill and a block. Bailee Hankenson had 2 kills and 4 block assists and 2 regular assists. Chelsea Colclasure had 16 digs and an assist.
Hail Wendel had 17 kills and 8 digs and Alyssa Keller 26 assists in the loss to West Del (20-25, 20-25, 21-25). Bess Fiechter had 7 kills, Keller 3, Sarah Soldner 2 and Jenny Schultz 4.
Wapahani won over AC, 25-10, 25-17, 25-14. Wendel had 7 kills and Keller 12 assists.