Squaws win opener against Dwenger
LEAPS AND BOUNDSâ€”Madalyn Mann (left) and Holly Hankenson tip a Dwenger hit during the Squaws season-opener against the Lady Saints. Bellmont took the match in a 3-0 sweep. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
The Squaws renewed their quest for another state title on Tuesday night as they hosted the once formidable Bishop Dwenger Lady Saints at the Teepee.
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While usually a tight match to start the season for Bellmont, Dwenger proved to be slightly less challenging for the Squaws as they were felled 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 in straight sets.
Bellmont ran away with the contest from the opening serve as the Saints fell into a hole early in the first set, 10-4, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Coach Craig Krull utilized his bench for the first match of the season as he continues to experiment with certain players at different spots searching for the right combination for success.
"We're a very good team," Krull stated. "We are lacking in communication a bit still and we were off on the timing of our kills tonight but those are the things that I think we have to work on."
Coach Krull was still pleased with the outcome, despite the miscues.
"Overall I thought serving and team chemistry is right where we should be. You can't be perfect at first or else we'd never have to practice."
Bellmont led 17-6 at one point in the first set and then 22-8 before Dwenger found anything to be excited about. On the next point, the Squaws were denied at the net by the Saint blockers four times in a row bringing the Dwenger faithful to their feet but the Squaws remained poised and persistence paid when sophomore Janaya Wilder stepped up and found a hole with a controlled tip that ended the threat.
The deflating point summed up the night for Dwenger as Bellmont would not relent the rest of the match. In fact, it was not until 4-3 in the third set that the Saints had a lead. Bellmont would rally, however, taking the lead once again going on a 10-5 run. At 19-12, Krull would put in reserve players who eventually finished the job.