Bellmont senior Sarah Norder finally earned a point on her last service of the match against Jay County to the cheering of the Squaw faithful at the Teepee Thursday night in a three-set victory on cruise control 25-10, 25-14, 25-13.
Norder has been out the entire season with a knee injury missing out on her last year in the program but last night was senior night and the Squaw had enough mobility to make an appearance in the serving game on four occasions in the win.
After the first point of the match was served by Norder the result was a side-out in favor of the Patriots. Another round through the rotation and the senior's second try resulted in similar fashion with a miscue on a Bellmont return. It wasn't until the final set that Norder would get the point she was looking for with Bellmont up 24-13.
"There was definitely a lot of pressure and I was just trying to get it over!" Norder recalled after the match.
Coach Craig Krull discussed the strategy involved with getting her senior in the match.
"She really wanted that last one to be an ace! I told her she was the going in on the last point no matter who was serving and I think that made her nervous a little bit but she did well."
The serve was pure and after a receive by the Patriots, then fellow senior Audrey Schultz and Bailee Hankenson made sure Norder's final serve was a winner with a double block at the net that cascaded back to the Jay County side for the BHS victory and a story-book ending for the seniors.
In a match that was never in question, Bellmont seemed to be up for the task of staying focused on senior night unfortunately for the Jay County squad.
The Squaws broke a 4-4 tie in the first set with four straight points to give them the momentum. The Patriots struggled with Bellmont's serve for most of the match with unforced errors and a strained offensive attack leading to their downfall against a stellar Squaw defense.