Rallying Storm top Lady Prophets
MANLIUS — Bureau Valley’s volleyball team found themselves in a familiar position.
For the second time in as many nights, the Storm had to bounce back from a game two loss to capture a victory.
After giving up game two despite having match point, the Storm were still able to pull out a 25-21, 25-27, 25-12 victory over Prophetstown Tuesday at the Storm Cellar.
“Most of our scores recently have been pretty tight games,” said Storm coach Abbi Bosnich. “Fortunately, we’ve always came out on top and I’m very proud of the girls for the ability to continue to play.”
In the second set, the Storm (10-3, 6-1) led 24-22 after a Lindsey Hoffert kill. However, a Storm serving error and back-to-back aces from Katie Fringer gave the Prophets (3-5, 2-2) a one point lead.
Fringer struck again with a tip across court following a net violation by teammate Karlie Stafford and then Prophetstown clinched the victory when a tip attempt by Sydney Lebahn went out of bounds.
Hoffert said despite the game two loss, her team didn’t lose confidence or their focus.
She joked, “We like to keep it exciting.” Then added, “We just wanted to keep the momentum and play like we did in the first game.”
The Storm never trailed in game three and jumped out to a 9-4 lead behind strong play at the net from Hoffert, Nicole Bornsheur, Carlie Bickett and Valerie Reuter, who all registered at least two kills in the final set.
The Prophets battled back within one point at 9-8 but the Storm pushed the lead back to 15-9 after a block and a kill from Bickett and a kill by Reuter that forced a time-out from Prophetstown coach Arthur Wyckoff.
“We had some trouble matching up with their height,” Wyckoff said. “They played above the net pretty well. That led to some struggles for us.”
Hoffert, who finished with a team-high 12 kills, capped the night with kills on points 23 and 24. A kill attempt by the Prophets’ Kali Fetrow sailed just long to end the contest.
“We made some changes in the first and second games and wanted to see some different looks in our rotation,” said Bosnich. “In the third game we really came back together. We put in our starting six and went with the line-up that we’ve been playing with since the beginning of the year.”
Valerie Reuter filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 9 digs, 7 kills and 2 aces. Bickett led the team with 11 points. Lebahn finished with 23 assists.
The Storm sophomore team won 25-17 and 25-15, while the freshmen lost 13-25 and 14-25.
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