Squaws smash Luers, 3-0
Coach Krull talks strategy. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
The Squaws begin a tough week of volleyball on the right foot knocking off Bishop Luers in a convincing three-game sweep at the Teepee on Monday night 25-12, 25-16, 25-11.
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Bellmont moves to 15-3 on the season, holding their number two rank in 3A volleyball intact with the win. Luers, who are not pushovers by any means, tested Adams Central to a five-set classic a week earlier but were without the services of their senior setter, Tamara Griggs.
"Griggs is a great setter," notes Bellmont coach Craig Krull. "She really moves the ball well for them. I don't know if she would have tilted the scales for them but she certainly would have helped."
The Squaws played even with Luers for the first 14 points of the first set tied 7-7. For the first time in a long time, however, the slow beginning for Bellmont was not a lackluster focus, but rather, stellar defense from the Lady Knights.
"Their defense frustrated us a little in the match," noted Krull. "I think we got a little antsy when our kills would get returned."
Luers took a two point lead at 6-4 on a rally that lasted about a dozen exchanges with both sides diving for digs but eventually, the Knights found a hole in towards the back line for the point energizing the away crowd for a short time.
Bellmont's Janaya Wilder would respond, however. After a side out in the Squaws' favor, Wilder issued two of her four aces back-to-back putting the game back at 7-7. From there, the Squaws would use the sophomore's momentum to build a 17-7 lead 10 points and two Bishop Luers' timeouts later. The Knights would not recover from the lead eventually falling 25-12 in the first set.
Bellmont jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set and at another point 6-2 once again behind good Bellmont setting from Wilder and junior Natalie Busse. The lead would balloon to 18-8 before Luers would make strides at a run. Despite outscoring the Squaws 7-5 in the final points of the set, the damage had been done and Bellmont earned the second set 25-16.