SPRING VALLEY — Bureau Valley fought back after dropping the first set 28-26 to defeat host Hall in the final two sets, 25-20 and 25-20, Thursday.
While Hall tried to carry over some momentum from Game 1, it was Bureau Valley who would overcome their set one loss and come out on top.
“I thought we played really good overcoming adversity through game one, losing game one, and coming back winning game two and three,” BV coach Caitlyn DeMay said.
BV kept things close in the opening points of the second, until Hall took a 14-11 lead after kills by Courtney Kobold, Cassidy Jablonski and Savitch, forcing a BV timeout. The timeout led to a Hall serving error that allowed BV to tie the game at 14 after a kill by Saige Barnett and a block by Christen Hurley.
Savitch and Jablonski struck again to break the Storm momentum and put Hall up 17-15. Another kill and block by Hurley put BV up 18-17 and they would not look back from there.
A kill and block by senior Ellen Johnson started a BV run that closed out set two, with BV taking the set 25-20. Johnson had two of her four blocks in the second set.
“Honestly, that second game, we just played our hearts out. I really try to focus on getting blocks and getting touches to help my team and our defense in the back,” Johnson said.
BV brought the heat in game three, starting out with a big kill by Saige Barnett that would set the tone for the rest of the game. Barnett had a match-high 13 kills, crediting her teammates for her big performance at the net.
“Our passing was a lot more relaxed so Nicole had a good pass to get the set off and that was the difference tonight. I wouldn’t be able to do it without Nicole or my passers,” Barnett said.
BV took early leads at 9-6 and 11-8 before three long rallies each ended with big kills by Cassidy Jablonski for Hall. Marissa Endress strung together a run of five points for the Storm with help from kills by Johnson, Barnett, and Hurley to take their biggest lead of the game at 21-13.
Courtney Kobald halted the Storm surge with a block and two kills to make it 21-16, but unfortunately it wouldn’t be enough for Hall, as BV took the set 25-20. Johnson was confident throughout the third set and was happy to see her team come together and pick up a good conference win.
“We really came together tonight. I was really excited and we just needed this good win because we have been struggling for a couple weeks, and it just felt so good. Especially that third game, I felt that was one of the best games we have played so far, honestly,”
DeMay was also pleased with the third set victory, happy that her team could show growth and resilience overcoming the loss in set one.
“We are where we need to be looking towards the end of the season, the second half of the season, and we’re ready to play anybody that’s in our path,” she said.
BV strung together its second 5-point run of the first set with senior Addison Moreland at the line, taking their first lead of the night at 16-15. Two kills by Saige Barnett extended the BV lead to 19-17.
Hall kept battling, with junior Gertie Savitch serving three aces in a row to regain the lead at 21-19. The two teams battled back and forth, with Hall finally taking the victory at 28-26.
“It was a pretty well-played game. There was a lot of digs, a lot of rallies, and we raised a lot of money for cancer, so it was a good night,” Hall coach Demi Salazar said.
Saige Barnett finished with 11 kills and four points for BV. Christen Hurley had seven kills, three blocks, three aces and nine points. Johnson had five kills and Moreland added eight points with two aces.
For Hall, Jablonski had 12 kills and two blocks. Savitch had seven kills and 5 aces, Hayleigh Brokaw had three kills and blocks.
• Notes: Hall won the sophomore match and BV took the freshman match.
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