It might not have been a war, but when the final point was declared after a Norwell player got tangled up in the net, the Bellmont Squaws knew they at least had been in a battle with a team they could very well see again in a couple of weeks during the IHSAA sectional.
The Squaws were anything but dominant Tuesday night in a 3-0 sweep that saw them post wins of 25-21, 25-18, and 27-25 in their first NHC action since being topped last week by Carroll (the first BHS conference loss in six years).
Bellmont coach Craig Krull said he expected a tough battle from Norwell noting "they're reaping the benefits of having a senior and junior dominated team. I coached a couple of their kids in club volleyball and knew what they were capable of."
Bellmont came into the game after winning the Warsaw Invitational last Saturday with a championship game win over Lafayette Jefferson (the team that had beaten state power Muncie Burris in pool play earlier in the day), but that seemed not to impress the Knights.
Norwell coach Mark Campbell noted "we came here not to have a close match but to win. There is no consolation other than winning but we knew Bellmont would expect exactly the same thing. This is just a prelude to the sectional and we look forward to getting another chance at them there.
In the opening game, the teams battled back and forth with ties at 15, 16, 17, and 18 before the Squaws finally took the lead for good on a Holly Hankenson kills.