STERLING – The first set of Thursday’s volleyball match between Newman and St. Bede concluded with a nice set by Kacyi Howell that Rachel Humphreys emphatically spiked onto the Bruins’ side of the court.
The execution was a stark contrast to how the Comets started the set and a harbinger of things to come in the second set, as Newman won the nonconference match 25-22, 25-16.
“I think we finally started to go on the attack,” Newman coach Debbi Kelly said. “At the start of the night, St. Bede was attacking, and we kept making mistakes. When we started to attack, they started making mistakes.”
The Bruins jumped out to a 7-2 lead with five of those points coming on Newman hitting errors.
Newman scored three points on three hitting errors by the Bruins to tie the score at 15 and took its first lead at 19-18. Newman won six of the next 10 points to claim the first set.
The Comets kept on the throttle in the second set, building six-point leads at 11-5 and 12-6. The Bruins rallied to tie the score at 14, and forcing Newman to call timeout. The timeout did the trick, as Newman outscored St. Bede 11-2 the rest of the way.
Olivia Mueller led St. Bede (3-5, 0-1) with three kills and three blocks. Soph Hanna Bima chipped in three kills and Morgan King had five points with two aces.
• The St. Bede sophomores improved to 3-0 with a 25-16, 25-19 win. Newman took the freshmen match 17-25, 26-14, 15-8.