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VOLLEYBALL: Saunders stepping down as BNL coach

Scott Saunders is stepping down after 19 seasons as the head coach at BNL.

Scott Saunders is stepping down after 19 seasons as the head coach at BNL.

Saunders recorded 378 wins

in 19 seasons with program

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

After 19 seasons, Scott Saunders is resigning as the volleyball coach at Bedford North Lawrence.

Saunders recorded a 378-237 record during his successful tenure, and the Stars posted 20-win seasons 11 times during his run. He was also heavily invested in the Limestone Capital Volleyball Club and the Limestone Girls Club programs.

The Stars went 20-13 in 2016, falling to four-time champion Floyd Central in three sets in the first round of the Class 4-A sectional at Jeffersonville.

“I didn’t want wins and losses to affect my decision,” Saunders said. “I was something that was on my mind, and eventually there was going to be a time. I wanted to see whether I was still passionate, still looking forward to it. But it was time. I just felt like it ht me. Now I’m looking forward to sitting in the crowd.”

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The HHC Sports Weekly – week 10

Check out Week 10 of The HHC Sports Weekly!

 

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VOLLEYBALL: No.14 Highlanders leave Stars low

Floyd Central's Sara Sans controls the ball at the net during Thursday night's sectional clash with BNL. The Highlanders swept the Stars in three sets.

Floyd Central’s Sara Sans controls the ball at the net during Thursday night’s sectional clash with BNL. The Highlanders swept the Stars in three sets.

Floyd Central hammers

out sectional triumph

over BNL in three sets

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

JEFFERSONVILLE – The best in the Hoosier Hills Conference, and the three-time defending sectional champion, smacked down Bedford North Lawrence in the opening round of the Class 4-A tournament on Thursday night.

No.14 Floyd Central cruised to the semifinal round of the sectional at Jeffersonville with a tidy sweep of the Stars. Junior middle hitter Molly Ottersbach, with a wicked, diving serve from the back line and a hard hammer at the front, powered the Highlanders to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 victory and a rematch with No.12 New Albany.

The Bulldogs (25-9) brushed aside Jeffersonville in three sets in the opener.

Floyd Central (21-13) had little trouble with BNL (20-13), other than a brief BNL lead early in Game 2. The Highlanders erased that with a devastating run, then pounded its way to a 14-4 advantage in the final game. By then, it was over. By then, Floyd’s dominance in all phases – particularly in ball control – was obvious.

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BNL Coaches Corner: week 10

Check out Week 10 of BNL Coaches Corner!

 

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars stumble into the postseason

Tristin Day mug

Tristin Day

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence completed the regular season with a lackluster performance on Saturday, falling to Bloomington North in three quick sets.

The Cougars cruised to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-11 victory as the Stars finished with a 20-12 record heading into the Class 4-A sectional at Jeffersonville.

“We played awful,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “It was a sad performance heading into the sectional. We said we would see where we stood after this, and right now were not standing on too high ground. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

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VOLLEYBALL: Dotts-ing the ‘I’, crossing out WRV

BNL senior Hannah Dotts celebrates a point as the Stars swept past White River Valley on Thursday night.

BNL senior Hannah Dotts celebrates a point as the Stars swept past White River Valley on Thursday night.

BNL caps Senior Night

with sweep of Wolverines

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Hannah Dotts cried, so mad at her mother, when she was too little to play Girls Club volleyball. Now she sheds tears as she edges closer to being too old for her high school program.

Dotts, plus classmates Katelyn Hooten and Abby Keller, celebrated Senior Night on Thursday, and that’s always an emotional scene. All the years of work and sweat are  condensed into a poster board of memories, a hug and some flowers. Farewell is difficult to say.

Bedford North Lawrence sent its seniors off in grand fashion as the Stars slugged White River Valley in three quick sets, rolling to a 25-10, 25-9, 25-10 triumph that also included a record-setting performance by setter Maddy Cosner. More about her later. This win was about the threesome that went out with a victory to remember.

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VOLLEYBALL: Dufrense, Stars rough up Rams

BNLs Jenna Dufresne cracks a shot past Barr-Reeve blockers. The Vikings rallied for a five-set win over the Stars on Tuesday night.

BNL’s Jenna Dufresne set a single-season school record for kills during Monday’s victory at Paoli.

Dufresne sets kills record

as Stars sweep past Paoli

PAOLI – Bedford North Lawrence junior hitter Jenna Dufresne set a single-season school record for kills as the Stars smacked down Paoli on Monday night.

Dufresne totaled 15 kills as BNL rolled to a 25-17, 25-13, 25-13 victory over the Rams. Dufrense raised her season total for kills to 406, breaking the mark of 405 set by former teammate Alyssa Spears last season.

“I was proud of her,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “That was one of the goals I set for her because I felt she had the ability. So it was good to see her get that.”

“Its unbelievable,” Dufresne said. “I didn’t think I would ever live up to Alyssa. It means a lot. A lot of hard work as paid off.”

Dufresne spearheaded a potent BNL attack. The Stars totaled 42 kills, and committed only 8 hitting errors.

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL draws Floyd Central in sectional

BNL's Jenna Dufresne looks for room to tip the ball past Columbus East's Cortney Vanliew at the net. The Olympians conquered the Stars in four sets.

BNL’s Jenna Dufresne and the Stars will face Floyd Central in the Class 4-A sectional at Jeffersonville.

Bedford North Lawrence will face Floyd Central in the opening round of the Class 4-A sectional at Jeffersonville.

New Albany will face Jeffersonville in the opener on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m., followed by the BNL-FC clash. Those winners will collide in the first semifinal on Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.

Seymour and Jennings County drew the byes into the second semifinal on Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m. The final is set for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

“It’s a tough draw, but you have to play a god team no matter who you draw,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We will have to play very consistent volleyball, and then we will have a chance to maybe get something done.”

The sectional champion will advance to the one-game regional on Oct. 25, going on the road to face the champion from Sectional 16.

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars go 1-2 in Castle Invitational

Hannah Dotts

Hannah Dotts

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

NEWBURGH – Bedford North Lawrence staggered to a 1-2 finish in Saturday’s Castle Invitational.

The Stars started with a tough 14-25, 25-14, 18-16 loss to Mt Vernon in the opening round, then suffered a 25-12, 25-10 loss to Castle. BNL rebounded to conquer Jennings County 25-12, 25-20 in  the final match.

“We played OK against Mt. Vernon, but we had too many errors,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We were awful against Castle but solid against Jennings.”

Jenna Dufresne paced BNL (18-11) with 25 kills and 15 digs in the three matches, while Hannah Dotts totaled 19 kills and 18 digs.

BNL, which will learn its postseason fate when the IHSAA announces the sectional draw on Monday morning, will visit Paoli on Monday night.

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars tame scrappy Lions

Hannah Dotts

Hannah Dotts

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

LOOGOOTEE – Bedford North Lawrence took advantage of its height advantage at the net to subdue Loogootee in four sets, ruining Loogootee’s Senior Night festivities on Thursday night.

The Stars, with Jenna Dufresne and Hannah Dotts providing the power, hammered out a 25-19, 17-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory over the Class A No.9 Lions while improving to 17-9.

“We knew they would be fired up to play us,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “They play such good defense. They don’t have much size at the net, but they’re quick in the backcourt and they make you put the ball away.”

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