Squaws win third straight win; Panthers swept in three
Taylor Rhymer wins the battle at the net. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Bellmont made a clean sweep of this week's opponents as they finished off Snider in three quick sets for a 3-0 start to their September.
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Playing at the Teepee for the first time in six games, the Squaws improved their mark to 9-3 on the season with the scores 25-9, 25-9, 25-15.
Snider entered the contest with a few players down from injuries but coach Craig Krull still did not know what he may get from the Panthers on Thursday night.
"I wasn't sure what to expect at all," the coach admitted. "They had some girls coming off of injury and their coach mentioned that they were young and a little inexperienced. I give them a lot of credit, though. They were talking and staying motivated even when we were winning big."
Bellmont made their statement early with an 11-0 start in the first set behind a pair of aces from Rachel Salerno on serve. The Squaws would continue their dominance throughout the set as the Panthers struggled receiving the serves from Bellmont's Salerno, Janaya Wilder, and Bailee Hankenson.
Before Snider knew what hit them, the score was 20-5 and the Panthers still had yet to register a kill in the match. Bellmont would play even with Snider to finish out the first set.
Despite giving up the first point of the second set, Bellmont played similar to the first frame allowing no breathing room for the Panthers and jumping ahead to a 9-4 lead following a Wilder ace. After an exchange of side outs, Holly Hankenson joined in the ace party making it 12-5.
From that point on, Bellmont would score 13 of the final 17 points closing out the set on a combination of good defense and several miscues from the young Panthers' squad.