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VOLLEYBALL: Floyd Central too tough for Stars

BNL's Rilee Knight soars for a spike during Thursday's match with No.5 Floyd Central. The Stars fell in three games.

BNL’s Rilee Knight soars for a spike during Thursday’s match with No.5 Floyd Central. The Stars fell in three games.

No.5 Highlanders hand

BNL its first loss with

tense 3-game triumph

By Kyle Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence, with a rocking home crowd and an opponent that could have overlooked it, had a possible recipe for an upset on Thursday night.

However, Floyd Central showed why it is the No. 5 ranked team in Class-4A as it defeated BNL 25-15, 26-24, 25-13.

Coming off a big win at Class A No. 2 Barr-Reeve, BNL (9-1) was looking to throw another haymaker against its Hoosier Hills Conference rival.

Yet the big punch never seemed to land as the Highlanders answered every BNL run with one of their own.

“I thought in Game One we were a little nervous at first, but we settled in and played really hard,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “In Game Two we were right there. Our blocking got a little bit better and our defense finally got better, and we had a chance there with serve.

“But we missed a serve and good teams take advantage of that. They jumped right on it.”

The second game was key as both teams took turns with the lead. The Stars had the serve up 23-22 but watched the lead falter away as the Highlanders scored four of the next five points to win the game.

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars cut down No.2 Barr-Reeve

Gabrielle Arthur

Gabrielle Arthur

Lexie Scott

Lexie Scott

BNL improves to 9-0

with win over Class A power

MONTGOMERY – Bedford North Lawrence not only survived its perilous journey into the bowels of Barr-Reeve, it thrived there.

The Stars, spurred by the howling fans seeking their demise, posted their ninth straight victory with an impressive 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 win over the Class A No.2 Vikings on Tuesday night. Lexie Scott and Gabrielle Arthur did the most damage as BNL prepared for Thursday night’s showdown with Class 4-A No.5 Floyd Central in grand style.

“Everybody played tremendous volleyball tonight,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “It was one of the most intense places we’ve played in my 16 years. Their fans are right on top of you, and they’re loud and boisterous. Our kids hung in there and battled through it. To pull off a sweep was a tremendous accomplishment.”

BNL’s thunder hitters were loud as well. Arthur had 11 kills and 5 digs while Scott added 10 kills and 8 service aces.

Scott hammered out six straight service points to give BNL a 16-11 lead in the first game, and she closed out that game with help from an Abby Brim stuff at the net. Arthur took control at the net in the second game.

The Vikings could not muster a comeback. Rilee Knight added 5 kills and 2 blocks while Alyssa Spears totaled 28 assists for the Stars.

“We knew it would be hard fought,” Saunders said. “We got outstanding contributions from everybody. We were full of heart and moxie tonight.”

 

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Volleyball: BNL responds at ‘go time’ to claim title

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BNL sophomore setter Alyssa Spears sets up a teammate for a spike during Saturday’s final in the BNL Invitational. The Stars beat North Harrison in two games.

Stars dominate three

matches to win prize

in own invitational

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

When it was “go time,” when the frown-causing situation called for a response, Bedford North Lawrence answered the call.

Trailing 13-7 in the first game of a best-of-three final in their own Invitational on Saturday afternoon, with little time or points to waste, the Stars shifted the attack to a gear North Harrison did not have. The turnaround was sudden and smashing.

Video: BNL conquers North Harrison

BNL, with urgency and a renewed interest, rallied from that deficit for a 25-20, 20-8 win to earn the championship medals. Alyssa Spears spearheaded the assault with 12 assists, while Rilee Knight and Gabrielle Arthur punctuated it with 6 kills each.

BNL's McKenzie Abel (3) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a point.

BNL’s McKenzie Abel (3) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a point.

That victory capped a dominating day for the Stars (8-0), who easily disposed of Scottsburg and South Central in pool play of the six-team tournament.

“I think we got better every time we played,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We didn’t let the bad things bother us. We stepped up, cleaned it up and made better volleyball plays.”

BNL had some cleaning to do, especially on the effort end, when North Harrison (3-4) slipped to the lead. Slow to react and sloppy, the Stars were slip-sliding away until Bailey Nier served seven straight points.

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars dig out win at Jennings County

 Alyssa Spears

Alyssa Spears

Lexie Scott

Lexie Scott

Scott, Spears

power BNL to

five-game victory

NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence remained unbeaten with a five-game road win over Hoosier Hills Conference foe Jennings County on Thursday night.

Powered by Lexie Scott and Alyssa Spears, the Stars escaped with a 25-16, 19-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-6 win and improved to 5-0.

Scott had 25 kills (with only two hitting errors) while Spears had 47 assists and 11 defensive digs.

“Lexie was a beast tonight,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “They didn’t have an answer for her. Alyssa made great decisions on when and where to go with the ball and kept their blockers off balance.”

BNL’s Rilee Knight added 13 kills and Gabrielle Arthur totaled 10. “Our big three hitters came through with a performance we needed,” Saunders said.

On the back side, Michaela Pettit and Kelsie Morris had 11 digs and McKenzie Abel added 8.

“We had good contributions from everybody,” Saunders said. “We were down 23-19 in that third game and could have hung it up pretty easily. But the kids battled.”

BNL will host an invitational on Saturday with South Central, Scottsburg, North Harrison, Charlestown and Eastern Pekin. Action will get underway at 10 a.m.

 

 

 

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL’s power game punishes Bloomfield

BNL's Gabrielle Arthur soars for a spike during Tuesday night's match with Bloomfield. Arthur had 10 kills as the Stars swept the Cardinals in three games.

BNL’s Gabrielle Arthur soars for a spike during Tuesday night’s match with Bloomfield. Arthur had 10 kills as the Stars swept the Cardinals in three games.

Scott, Arthur blast

away as Stars roll

to sweep of Cardinals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The Bloomfield back-row defenders kept backing up, and Bedford North Lawrence’s Lexie Scott just kept hitting the ball harder.

Soon, the Cardinals ran out of room. And got run off the court.

Video: BNL pounds down Bloomfield

With Scott cracking ferocious serves – including one bullet off the side of an unprepared receiver’s face – and powerful spikes, with Gabrielle Arthur constantly attacking from the left side, the Stars had too much firepower while sweeping past Bloomfield in BNL Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

Lexie Scott

Lexie Scott

Scott had 11 kills and 3 aces and Arthur added 10 kills, propelling the Stars to a 25-11, 25-10, 25-19 triumph.

The pure power hitters in baseball produce a different, distinctive sound when their bat makes solid contact with a ball. Scott’s serves are similar in pitch and force. They are struck violently, they roar across the net at warp speed, and they are definitely difficult to receive. Just ask the Bloomfield defender who went home with a red face – literally and figuratively. She saw it coming, bravely stepped into position and simply could not react in time.

“There’s not too many kids around that hit the ball as hard as she does,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “There’s been times in practice I’ve been standing there, and that’s got some man-speed to it. When she’s on, she’s the hardest hitter I’ve ever had, bar none.”

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars sweep Edgewood

ELLETTSVILLE - BNL's Lexie Scott focuses on her serve during Monday night's win at Edgewood. Scott had three key aces in the first game as the Stars swept the Mustangs.

ELLETTSVILLE – BNL’s Lexie Scott focuses on her serve during Monday night’s win at Edgewood. Scott had three key aces in the first game as the Stars swept the Mustangs.

Knight powers BNL

to impressive road win

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence posted an early signature win on Monday night, going on the road for a three-game sweep of Edgewood, a Class 3-A regional champion the last two seasons.

With Rilee Knight providing the power at the net, the Stars recorded a tight 25-23, 27-25, 25-18 win to improve to 3-0.

“It was a well-played match on both sides,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “It could have easily been a five-set match, we were that evenly matched. We had to execute and the kids did a really good job of that tonight.”

ELLETTSVILLE - BNL's Rilee Knight soars for a spike against Edgewood.

ELLETTSVILLE – BNL’s Rilee Knight soars for a spike against Edgewood.

Knight had 9 kills and 4 blocks to dictate terms at the net. “She was the difference,” Saunders said. “She was a serious force.”

BNL pulled out the first game when Lexie Scott served four straight points, including three aces, to break a 19-19 deadlock. The Stars fell behind 14-7 in the second game before regrouping after a needed time-out. They chipped away and closed out the game with a Kelsie Morris ace.

The Stars took control of the third game and were never threatened. “It was a really good win,” Saunders said.

Gabrielle Arthur had 8 kills and Scott totaled 7 for the offense. McKenzie Abel had 10 digs and Alyssa Spears 9 digs to highlight the defense.

BNL will host Bloomfield on Tuesday.

Photos courtesy of Phil Knight

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL beats BC to finish line

BNL's Alyssa Spears sets up a teammate for a spike. Spears had 22 assists as the Stars topped Brown County in three games on Thursday night.

BNL’s Alyssa Spears sets up a teammate for a spike. Spears had 22 assists as the Stars topped Brown County in three games on Thursday night.

Spears, Nier serve

Stars to triumph

Bedford North Lawrence gave Brown County a head start and still beat the Eagles to the finish line.

The Stars rallied from slow starts in each game to post a 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 home victory on Thursday night.

“We just steadied out and played really good volleyball,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We took a step up in competition tonight, and the kids responded well. They were fired up.”

Sophomore setter Alyssa Spears set the tone with 22 assists, 8 kills and 4 aces. Bailey Nier, called a “calming influence” by Saunders, had 5 aces.

Bailey Nier

Bailey Nier

Rilee Knight and Lexie Scott provided the power game with 10 kills each at the net as BNL avenged last season’ s loss to the Eagles.

BNL (2-0) will visit Edgewood on Monday.

Photo courtesy of Phil Knight

 

 

 

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars spike Mitchell in opener

MITCHELL - BNL's Rilee Knight soars for a block at the net during Tuesday night's win over Mitchell.

MITCHELL – BNL’s Rilee Knight soars for a block at the net during Tuesday night’s win over Mitchell.

BNL dominates all

phases while rolling

to straight-set victory

MITCHELL – Bedford North Lawrence coach Scott Saunders wanted a clean performance from his team in the season opener, and the Stars barely got dirty while overpowering Mitchell on Tuesday night.

All the phases were in sync as BNL bounced the Bluejackets 25-11, 25-11, 25-9.

Senior Rilee Knight paced the assault with 12 kills, junior Lexie Scott had 8 kills, and junior Gabrielle Arthur added 7 kills. Sophomore Alyssa Spears ignited the offense with 23 assists, and she also cracked 8 aces from the service line.

“It was a clean night,” Saunders said. “We played consistently all night. We were really focused.”

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL will be blessed if it receives

McKenzie Abel

McKenzie Abel

Rilee Knight

Rilee Knight

Passing game key

if Stars hope to battle

with elite HHC foes

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

It is more blessed to give than receive.

Or, to reword scripture for Bedford North Lawrence’s volleyball destiny in 2013, the Stars will be more blessed if they learn to receive.

What separates BNL, a program on the rise once again, from the powerhouse elite teams in the Hoosier Hills Conference and the Class 4-A sectional? Veteran coach Scott Saunders, about to embark on his 16th season at the helm, has pinpointed one vital area.

Video: BNL counting on experience

“It’s not our hitting or our serving,” said Saunders, who needs 10 wins to reach 300 for his career. “Receiving serve is our No.1 key.  I think we have the skills. We just break down against those high-quality teams in the serve-receive game.”

The hitters get the glory for the spike, the kill that scores. But that’s the final third of the equation for success. Without a solid set, the hitters would swing at air. And without a pass from the receiver to the setter – completely backward from a football sense, if the setter is the quarterback of the club – the offense never gets ignited.

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