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YORKTOWN—For the first time all season, the Squaws have a number other than "0" in their loss column after surviving the always brutal Yorktown Invitational.
Bellmont coach Craig Krull wouldn't have it any other way, though. The Squaws' leader's philosophy has always been to play the toughest teams during the regular season so that come sectional time and beyond, his team is seasoned and ready.
The Squaws went 2-2 on the afternoon at Yorktown earning wins against Westfield and Delta, but falling just short to Bishop Chatard and Yorktown.
In Bellmont's opener against Chatard, the Squaws played a tough first game, but were bested in extra volleyball, 27-25, then won the second game 22-25, followed by a 15-9 defeat in the rubber match.
"This was a match we should have won," coach Krull noted afterwards. "When we needed a big point to be made, we could not come through. We had many chances but it just wasn't meant to be."
Chatard made the plays that mattered and won the contest as a result, using experience to their advantage against the Squaws who start four sophomores and two juniors.
Holly Hankenson had 12 kills and seven digs to lead the Squaws in game one. Janaya Wilder had nine kills and an ace, Bailee Hankenson had 22 assists and Rachel Salerno helped on defense with eight digs.
In match two, Bellmont got their first taste of victory with another close win against a quality Delta squad.
"This match was as close as the score says it was," coach Krull stated. "The entire match was a team effort. Everyone did their jobs and chipped in and helped as they should. We were well rounded in every aspect of the match and we did a great job of holding off their pushes to come out with the win."
The first game was close all the way to a 17-17 tie before Bellmont rattled off four straight to take the advantage, eventually holding off the Lady Eagles. The second game was like the first with the Squaws waiting until late in the match to pull away.
H. Hankenson led once again with nine kills and nine digs with an ace and four blocks. B. Hankenson had 15 assists, an ace, and two solo blocks. Madalyn Mann had seven digs, two kills, and a pair of assists, while Audrey Schultz and Sadie Alberson each had a kill and a helper block.
In the third match of the day, Bellmont would move to 2-1 with another three-set close match against the Westfield Lady Shamrocks 25-23, 12-25, 15-9.
Bellmont did well to top Westfield as they were a 4A semi-state team last season returning many of them for this year's campaign.
"They were a solid team but we beat them the first game by having less mistakes and playing better defense," Krull analyzed. Coach went on to discuss the second game collapse by Bellmont, "We played lifeless and with no emotion."
The Squaws snapped out of their funk in the third game taking a commanding lead halfway through the shortened game and never looked back.
"This match was up and down, but it showed that we could come back after a poor showing in game two," stated Coach K.