Seymour rallies from early
setback to conquer BNL
By Justin Sokeland
Once the pendulum swung Seymour’s direction, once the Owls took control of the net with a more precise passing attack, Bedford North Lawrence was in trouble, like the unprepared student suddenly startled when asked a question in class.
The Stars had no answers. Seymour’s senior-dominated defense took BNL to school during a 17-25, 27-25, 25-13, 25-16 victory on Tuesday night.
When the points were easy, the Stars got everything right. But as the test toughened, the Owls aced it while BNL (16-9, 3-4 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) started looking for help. Seymour won the tense second set that shifted momentum, and that set the tone for the remainder of the match.
“You can’t stop playing,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We have a terrible habit of doing that. We just shut the switch off. Then we decide to fight back, and by then it’s too late.”
The switch was “on” during the first two sets. BNL’s offense crackled, with 23 kills and only 4 hitting errors during that span, compared to 11 kills and 12 errors in the final two. Even a mathematical novice can see where that equation will lead. Saunders traced the problem back to a more basic root and common denominator.
“The difference was serve receiving,” Saunders said. “Theirs was spot on all night, and our setting was from the 10-foot line most of the time. You can’t get their defense out of system that way.