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VOLLEYBALL: Wise ‘old’ Owls take Stars to school

Seymour's Claire Myers soars to block BNL's Sophie Scarpellini at the net. The Owls conquered the Stars in four sets on Tuesday night.

Seymour’s Claire Myers soars to block BNL’s Sophie Scarpellini at the net. The Owls conquered the Stars in four sets on Tuesday night.

Seymour rallies from early

setback to conquer BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

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.”

BNL's Tristin Day pushes the ball toward open space. Day totaled 10 kills.

BNL’s Tristin Day pushes the ball toward open space. Day totaled 10 kills.

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.

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars yo-yo to win-win over Jeff

Hannah Dotts

Hannah Dotts

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

Bedford North Lawrence treated the lead like parade candy, giving it away in large quantities, but finished with plenty of points as the Stars conquered Jeffersonville on Saturday.

The Stars struggled to subdue the improved Red Devils, finally pulling away in the third set to complete a 25-21, 28-26, 25-15 victory. BNL jumped to 16-8 overall and 3-3 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

BNL jumped to early advantages in each set, then had to hold off Jeffersonville rallies. The Stars bolted to a 17-9 lead in the first before the Red Devils bounced back to force a 17-17 deadlock. In the second, both teams had leads before BNL made the final surge.

And in the third, the Stars stomped in front 10-2, then had to regroup when the Devils scrambled back within 12-10.

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VOLLEYBALL: No.6 Dragons put out BNL’s fire

Tristin Day mug

Tristin Day

Hannah Dotts

Hannah Dotts

SELLERSBURG – Class 3-A No.6 Silver Creek took advantage of Bedford North Lawrence’s multiple mistakes to sweep the Stars on Thursday night.

The Dragons rolled to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-15 victory, and many of the Silver Creek points were unearned. The Stars (15-8) were guilty of 23 hitting errors and 9 service errors, making it even more difficult to beat a ranked team on the road.

“You can’t beat a good team that way,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We didn’t play well.”

Hannah Dotts had 5 kills and 8 digs while Tristin Day totaled 5 kills and 4 blocks.

BNL will host Jeffersonville on Saturday.

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL shrugs off Eastern Greene

Maddy Cosner

Maddy Cosner

Sophie Scarpellini

Sophie Scarpellini

EASTERN HEIGHTS – A lack of energy and enthusiasm did not deter Bedford North Lawrence as the Stars swept aside Eastern Greene on Monday night.

BNL (15-7) recorded a functional 25-13, 25-17, 25-17 victory and extended its winning streak to three straight as it prepares for a test against Class 3-A No.6 Silver Creek.

“We didn’t play poorly, just not great,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We just kind of kept score. We were probably the better team, and we did what we expected to do. But there wasn’t a lot of excitement in the gym, and we just played until the game was over.”

BNL got contributions from all over the court. Jenna Dufresne had 21 kills and 5 digs, Maddy Cosner totaled 29 assists, Sophie Scarpellini had 7 kills, Tristin Day added 4 kills, 7 digs and 3 blocks, and Hannah Dotts had 7 digs and 4 kills.

The Stars will visit Silver Creek on Thursday.

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL battles back to clip Madison

Maddy Cosner

Maddy Cosner

Tristin Day mug

Tristin Day

MADISON – Bedford North Lawrence rallied after dropping the first two sets to conquer Madison in a five-set thriller on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars, for the first time this season, battled back from the huge deficit to stun the Cubs 27-29, 15-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-11 while improving to 14-7 overall and  2-3 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

“To the kids’ credit, we fought back,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We did a good job of regrouping and taking it one shot at a time, and it paid off. It just took one set to get back in it, and the pressure swung back.”

BNL wasted a 24-19 advantage in the first set and was on the brink of a quick road loss. But the Stars recovered as Jenna Dufresne totaled 21 kills and 9 digs, Tristin Day had 9 kills, 16 digs and 4 blocks, Hannah Dotts totaled 21 kills and 11 digs, and Maddy Cosner added 39 assists, 8 digs and 4 blocks.

“I hope this gives us confidence,” Saunders said. “When things go bad, it’s just a matter of doing things the right way. I hope we can build off of that.”

BNL will visit Eastern Greene on Monday.

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL bounces back with home win

Hannah Dotts

Hannah Dotts

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

Bedford North Lawrence, playing with a little more gusto and enthusiasm, rebounded from its recent slide with a three-set sweep of Owen Valley on Thursday night.

The Stars, who had dropped 7 of their last 11 matches, bounced back with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 victory over the Patriots and pushed their record to 13-7.

“We played much better,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We had a lot of energy, we played together, and we didn’t go through any big lulls. It was a step in the right direction.”

Jenna Dufresne got the offense on track with 18 kills, Hannah Dotts totaled 13 kills, and Tristin Day added 7. Dufresne also had 7 digs, and sophomore Kaylee Streeter provided a spark with two service aces in her varsity debut.

“We needed this real bad,” Saunders said. “We’ve had games lately where we’ve struggled with consistency, but our kids came out with the effort and energy we want. I hope that kickstarts us to playing well again.

The Stars will visit Madison on Saturday.

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VOLLEYBALL: South’s win easy as 1-2-3

BNL's Tristin Day attempts to push the ball over two Bloomington South blockers at the net. The Panthers pounded the Stars in three quick sets on Tuesday night.

BNL’s Tristin Day attempts to push the ball over two Bloomington South blockers at the net. The Panthers pounded the Stars in three quick sets on Tuesday night.

Panthers display ball skills

while sweeping aside BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Volleyball should be as simple as 1-2-3. Pass, set, spike. When all three click in unison, the result is poetry, beautiful and yet devastating to the heart of the opponent. But when 1 and 2 are absent from the equation, 3 is a useless exercise.

Bloomington South smacked around Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday night, rolling unchallenged to a 3-set sweep of the lethargic Stars. The Panthers dominated – not at the net, but in the back row, with serving precision, with passing efficiency – during a 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 victory that was cruel in its totality.

South (15-7) cut out BNL’s heart, if it ever was in the match. From a 12-12 deadlock in the first set, the Panthers scored 33 of the next 41 points. Nothing complex, nothing mysterious. South ran an offense, with defensive specialist Grace Bland (18 digs), setter Ashley Elliott (25 assists) and middle hitter Elizabeth Sokeland (11 kills) forming a potent scoring combination.

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VOLLEYBALL: Bull Dogs take bite out of Stars

Tristin Day mug

Tristin Day

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

COLUMBUS – Columbus North caught Bedford North Lawrence in the midst of a lineup shift and posted a 25-12, 25-22, 25-19 victory over the Stars on Monday night.

The Stars, searching for consistent offense, got off to a slow start in the first set with the juggled rotations.

“We went with a little different lineup, just trying to look at a couple of things, to see where we are,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “Hopefully there are some good things that come out of the loss, and we can translate that into the future.

“We were feeling out a different setter and that’s hard to get used to. As the night went on, we got better. We didn’t play well enough to win. The whole purpose of the night was to see what other options are there to help us down the road.”

Jenna Dufresne paced the Stars with 11 kills and 8 digs, Hannah Dotts totaled 7 kills, Tristin Day added 4 kills and 8 digs, and sophomore Savanna VanHoy dished out 23 assists.

BNL (12-6) will host Bloomington South on Tuesday.

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VOLLEYBALL: Dufrense sets record in BNL win

Jenna Dufresne

Jenna Dufresne

WASHINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence junior Jenna Dufresne set a school record with 29 kills as the Stars slipped past Washington in five sets on Thursday night.

BNL survived five match points before pulling out a 21-25, 25-17, 25-15, 24-26, 18-16 road victory. Dufrense broke the mark of 25, set by Brynn Hansen in 2010.

“She was definitely an offensive force,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. Dufrense had 63 hitting attempts en route to her record number of putaways, and she totaled 15 digs.

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VOLLEYBALL: All systems ‘go’ for Olympians

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 looks for room to tip the ball past Columbus East’s Cortney VanLiew at the net. The Olympians conquered the Stars in four sets.

VanLiew, No.6 East

conquer BNL in 4 sets

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

What should have been a noisy battle between a Class 4-A power and a team intent on proving it belongs in the conversation of high-quality volleyball was played with all the fervor of hushed tones in a courthouse lobby during a trial or a church auditorium during a funeral viewing.

Perhaps that’s why Bedford North Lawrence was able to sneak past No.6 Columbus East in the opening set on Tuesday night. The Olympians never heard the Stars coming.

East, making a rare appearance in BNL Fieldhouse because of the switch to a round-robin league schedule, had to provide its own energy, and Cortney VanLiew was the piston that fired as she powered East to a 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-15 win over the Stars.

VanLiew, a supreme senior hitter, had 28 kills while Bailey Western added 14, and when they started hammering, BNL’s early lead, momentum and belief that an upset was possible vanished.

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