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Lady Bruins pick up the pace vs. Lady Devils

SPRING VALLEY — The St. Bede Lady Bruins seemed like they were stuck in slow motion with the first set tied 20-20 with Hall Thursday night. St. Bede coach Dawn Williams took a timeout, and the Lady Bruins came out of the break and managed to top the Devils 25-22.

The Bruins (7-10, 2-3) won the second game 25-11.

“In the first game, there was a lot of back and forth. It felt like we were in slow motion. We’ve played in a lot of fast paced matches leading up to tonight,” Williams said. “They had great serves and that kind of threw us. (Hall) took control of the game. The second game was more our style of play. I just told the girls to settle down, control the ball and play (their) pace.

“Hall is definitely an improving team. Their serves are outstanding, and it took us awhile to get a handle on it. Once we got that it felt a lot better. The second game was more like we like to play.”

Hall seemed to have the Bruins backpedaling in the first game until Williams took a moment to speak with her team. Out of the break St. Bede junior Olivia Miller had a block and a shot to help get her team get back on track.

“We have to keep her fired up,” Williams said.

St. Bede jumped out to an early lead 8-0 in the second match. But, the reeling Devils found their way back into the game after some Bruin errors and strong defensive play cut the deficit to 10-5. Hall got within five points a second time in the game putting the score at 12-7 before the Bruins were able to stretch the lead and end the night.

Samantha Whalen served up 14 points and three aces for St. Bede. Olivia Mueller led the Lady Bruins with seven kills and two blocks while Morgan King had 13 digs and Morgan Bosnich 19 assists.

Vanessa Olivares led Hall with five kills and eight assists. Brooke Keegan chipped in five digs and five assists and Brenna Faletti had 10 digs.

First year Hall coach Megan Nation said the Lady Devils (2-19) cut down on their hitting errors.

“We didn’t make a whole lot of hitting errors. On Tuesday, we had 13 and tonight we had five. That’s a big difference,” Nation said. “We played a little bit smarter and a little bit harder, and we were trying to relax and have some fun. Our girls put so much pressure on themselves to do well and when they don’t do well they fail themselves. Tonight was a little bit better.”

Nation said some recent lineup switches have helped, and she believes her team will continue to improve as the season unfolds.

“Brenna Faletti is our new libero. We had Ellie Herrmann back in the middle, and we had Emily Hoscheid on the outside, and it made a world of difference,” she said. “They are going to continue to work hard and fight.”

• Notes: St. Bede won the sophomore match 17-25, 25-10, 25-13 to go to 5-0 in the TRAC South and 12-5 overall. St. Bede (3-6-2) won the freshmen match 25-15, 25-11.

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