Squaws top Wapahani in Quad
WILDER GETS ITâ€”Bellmont sophomore outside hitter Janaya Wilder (far right) blocks the hit by Wapahani while teammates Audrey Schultz (11), Madalyn Mann (4) spread the block and Bailee Hankenson (7) looks on. Bellmont downed Wapahani, the top-ranked 2A team, 3-1. Wilder had 11 kills in the win for BHS. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
Bellmont closed out the 2012 regular season in style Saturday at the Bellmont Quad competition, taking out 2A No. 1 Wapahani 3-1 with an outstanding all-around effort.
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"I don't know if we're peaking, but we're getting there," stated Bellmont volleyball coach Craig Krull, whose No. 2, 3A Squaws swept Wes-Del in three sets to cap a 28-4 pre-tourney campaign.
"It's a good test for us and we really stepped up to the challenge," added Krull after Bellmont handed Wapahani it's fourth loss of the season in 29 matches.
Adams Central finished the quad with a 20-9 mark, falling to Wapahani in three, 25-6, 25-13, and 25-18. The Lady Jets downed Wes-Del (19-12) with consecutive set wins of 25-17, 25-18, and 25-10.
Bellmont defeated Wapahani 25-17, 22-25, 25-18 and 25-17. The Squaws continued their solid play with a sweep of Wes-Del, 25-12, 25-19, 25-17.
Wapahani is the defending class 2A state champion in volleyball while the class 1A title in 2011 went to Wes-Del.
"We knew coming in that Wapahani was going to be a tough match," said Adams Central coach .... "We weren't able to find the holes on their court, and, quite frankly, there aren't many. Our hitting came on in that second match, and I was proud of that."
The Squaws were on against the Raiders, registering 37 kills with junior outside slugger Holly Hankenson spotting down 11, Janaya Wilder getting 11, and middle hitter Sadie Alberson striking in nine. Taylor Rhymer laced in four kills. Audrey Schultz had one kill.
However, it was the defensive effort by Bellmont, which refused to bend under the constant pressure of Wapahani.
"Wapahani is typically is a very defensive and ball control team. In order for us to win we had to match that, and I thought we were better," offered Krull.
"Defensively, I knew we could be very good, and this shows what how good we can be."
Madalyn Mann led the Squaws with 13 digs while Wilder added 12, Holly Hankenson seven, Taylor Rhymer six and Bailee Hankenson four. Natalie Busse came off the bench to record four digs.